CLECKHEATON face a stern test as they aim to end their North One East year on a high when they travel to Sheffield tomorrow (kick off 2.15pm).
The Moorenders’ ground out a hard-fought 15-13 victory over Keighley last Saturday, with Iain Gordon landing the match-winning drop goal late in the game.
Sheffield meanwhile saw a five-match unbeaten run come to an end when they slipped to a 48-15 defeat to leaders Beverley.
That result saw Sheffield slip a place to fourth and Cleckheaton will look to pile further pressure on the men from the steel city.
Richard Piper continued his excellent form when he scored both Cleckheaton’s tries against Keighley, while Gordon took his tally for the season to 83 points with a conversion and late drop goal.
Piper has scored 12 tries in the league this time and Martin Woodhead is Cleckheaton’s next top try scorer with six, although he is set to take a place on the bench for tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield.
It has been a very satisfactory first half of the season for Dave Harrison’s men, who lie sixth in the table, eight points behind Sheffield and third-placed Morley and a further six adrift of Wheatley Hills, who still occupy the second promotion place, despite suffering back to back defeats.
n Last week’s disciplinary hearing involving a game involving Cleckheaton’s game with Malton and Norton last April has been put back to the new year.
The disciplinary chairman decided that an expert medical opinion should be obtained for the matter goes further.
1st XV at Sheffield ko 2.15pm, meet 11.15am: Jonno Marshall, R Hayden, O Marns, M Piper, J Wilson, I Gordon, J Bickerdike, P Turner, S Worsley, C Piper, D Nolan, R Piercy, R Piper, R Bennett. Replacements: B Thrower, M Beasty, M Woodhead.
Kestrels at TBA ko2.15pm, meet 12.30pm: T Brooke, P Horrigan, James Marshall, T Crewe, C Blackburn, J Toulson, M Fletcher, L Haigh, R Motlib, A Piper, N Holland, C Mason, M Sargeant, J Seddon, N Clayton. Replacements: D Graham, L Bashforth, J white, A Stanley, C Brannan.
3rdXV v North Ribblesdale 2nd, ko2.15pm, meet 1.30pm: G Speight, A McCarthy, A Edwards, J ward, H Bairstow, J Duggan, L Beasty, A Lowe, S Smith, K enright, M Womersley, R Simpson, J Close, M Wood. Replacements: C Wilson, C Davis.
4thXV v Huddersfield YM 3rd, ko2.15pm, meet 1.30pm: B Womersley, A Ellis, N Lazenby, M Nicholson, A Brown, J Perks, R Noble, M Blakeley, D Boye, D Howe, J Womersley, I Webb, R Brown, C Aspinall, D Webb. Replacements: A Bailey, B Thornton.