Cleethorpes RUFC lose out to table-toppers
CLEETHORPES RUFC went head-to-head with Worksop in a top-of-the-table clash at Lucarly's – and it was the visitors who emerged victorious with a 19-12 win.
Clee, fielding one of their strongest teams of the season, started brightly.
Strong running from the second row pairing of Richard Hyde and Sean Ward gave them a good platform.
On the 15-minute mark, a scrum in the centre allowed Matt Searle to orchestrate a backs move which saw Michael Burton crashing through on the inside to give Clee the lead.
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The Meggies thought they had scored again immediately after this. Following some superb handling from Adam Fanthorpe, the ball was shipped out to winger Liam Williams, who beat his man to score in the corner.
However, the referee saw a forward pass in the build-up and discounted the try.
Worksop hit back with a score of their own to make it 7-5.
Clee returned with a vengeance. Strong running and good forward phase play brought the next try. Adam Goodwin picked the ball up in midfield, and skipped around three men to break free. He rounded his final man to score and make it 12-5 at half-time.
The second half was a drab affair. Clee did not get going at all, and the match became scrappy.
Fanthorpe left the field with a hip injury, meaning captain Southwell went to hooker. Schalke van den Meede replaced the impressive Hyde in an attempt to freshen things up.
Clee had plenty of chances, but poor decision-making and a lack of support play meant they came away with nothing on several occasions.
Worksop scored two tries in the final 15 minutes to take the points.