Bell family are on board for upward curve

CLEARING THE LINES: Deepings centre Chris Day tries to relieve pressure for the Green Machine against Birstall.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
CLEARING THE LINES: Deepings centre Chris Day tries to relieve pressure for the Green Machine against Birstall. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Deepings’ 21-6 defeat to 
unbeaten Birstall at Linchfield Road was a family affair for prop Clint Bell (47) and his two sons, flanker Charlie (21) and winger Clay (18).

The Green Machine held the Green Dogs at bay for long periods as they came under constant pressure from the Midlands Four East (South) leaders.

Clint Bell (centre) with sons Charlie (left) and Clay in their Deepings RFC strips at Linchfield Road.

Clint Bell (centre) with sons Charlie (left) and Clay in their Deepings RFC strips at Linchfield Road.

But Deepings club captain Clint said: “I thought it was a very positive game and I think it was a good result to keep the score so close for so long.

“Considering how well they’ve been doing, it was a good team performance to make sure Birstall didn’t get a bonus point.”

Clint joined Deepings in 1988 after moving to Crowland and his two sons have come through the club’s 
junior section to help the Green Machine’s charge 
towards a top-four finish in the league this season.

“We’ve all grown up playing in the area and I chose to come to Deepings because it’s a good, family club,” he added.

“My passion for rugby has rubbed off on Charlie and Clay so much that they’d have a hard time if they went and joined another club.”

Meanwhile, Deepings 1st XV skipper Guy Cunningham was left disappointed to see his side miss out on a bonus point for not keeping Birstall within a seven-point losing margin.

“We wanted to win by 
playing some decent rugby and trying to attack,” said 
Cunningham.

“There were quite a few 
illnesses which meant that we had to play Chris Owen at 
centre when he’d only played there once before.

“Kelvin Squires also came in and some good tackles 
having not played any rugby at the start of the season.

“A year or two ago, we could have lost quite easily but we’re getting to the point where we’re competing with teams like Birstall.”