By Andew Hunt
CLECKHEATON RUFC is riding on the crest of a wave with the club on a real high at the moment.
The first team completed a season’s derby treble over Old Brodleians last Saturday as they came from behind to seal a 35-18 victory.
While Cleck love to toast any win over the Brods it proved to be a real celebratory atmosphere when they returned to the club after finding out that all four senior sides had won for the first time this season.
The Kestrels romped to a 52-31 victory over Ripon with Tom Brook, Patrick Horrigan, Lee Queeley and Gareth Lamb bagging a brace of tries. Cleckheaton Thirds beat Barnsley 20-15 and the fourths won 28-22 at Old Modernians.
Richard Piper was once again among Cleckheaton’s scorers in the derby win at Brods and he has drawn level at the top of the North One East try scoring charts, along with Billingham’s Peter Evans.
Piper needs just one more try to reach 20 for the season, an exceptional effort for a back row man, and that would also see him reach 100 points.
A terrific weekend was capped on Sunday as the Junior Colts reached the National Under-17 Northern semi-final with a thrilling 45-22 victory over Northwich.
First team coach Dave Harrison paid tribute to the Moorenders, saying: “The club was really cock-a-hoop on Saturday and there is a really good atmosphere around the place. Across the board everyone is getting behind all the teams.”
Cleckheaton turn their attentions towards another derby tomorrow as they host Old Crossleyans (3pm), although Harrison is expecting a tougher test against a side battling against relegation in North One East.
He will make just a few tweaks to the side that won at Brods, with Steve Worsley set to come in at hooker, with young Ben Thrower dropping to the bench.
Craig Blackburn has featured in the last four first team games, coming off the bench, but he will drop into the Kestrels to gain a full 80 minutes, with Queeley making the step up.
Harrison has also begun putting plans in place for next season, as he looks to add some experience to the side to help bring the exceptional young talent along.