McDaid plays last game for Cleethorpes RUFC before jetting off
IT was an emotional day for Cleethorpes RUFC as Dan McDaid played his left ever game for the club before leaving for Australia.
As a mark of respect for his efforts over the years McDaid, pictured, was made captain for the day.
Turning out a strong side, Cleethorpes were looking to avenge their close defeat in the corresponding fixture at Long Eaton RUFC – but they ultimately went down 25-3 at home.
The match itself, played in ideal running conditions, started evenly with both sets of forwards battling it out for supremacy.
Long Eaton opened the scoring in controversial fashion – a try was awarded by the referee when it had appeared to have been held up over the line.
Cleethorpes' fragile confidence was dented, and the visitors then raced into a 10-0 lead with Long Eaton's impressive number eight scoring.
Lee McGregor closed the gap with a long-range penalty, but the home side trailed 10-3 at the halfway stage.
Despite making two changes at the break, Cleethorpes struggled to gain the upper hand on their resolute opponents.
Gradually, the superior fitness of the away side told as they completed a 25-3 victory.
It was a score that, perhaps, flattered Long Eaton – but in pursuit of a much-needed bonus-point win to aide their promotion push, they attacked with regularity and purpose.
Cleethorpes will begin life without McDaid in the toughest possible environment. They face table-topping Boston at the weekend.