Cleckheaton hope derby win will boost confidence

Cleckheaton's Matt Piper brushes off an attempted tackle from Morley defender Ross Baystone.
Cleckheaton's Matt Piper brushes off an attempted tackle from Morley defender Ross Baystone.

Cleckheaton RUFC will hope that last Saturday’s terrific derby triumph over Morley will boost confidence and kick-start a winning run.

Ian Armitage’s men are turning Moorend into something of a fortress having registered victories in their opening three matches on home turf.

In contrast, Cleckheaton have yet to register a win on the road and will be looking for a change for fortunes when they travel to Lymm for a crunch game in National Three North (ko 3pm).

Cleckheaton look to have unearthed a gem in centre Sam Cook and having scored on his debut at Sandal, the youngster was handed a first senior start against Morley and was again on the scoresheet.

Cook again starts tomorrow, when Cleckheaton hope to have scrum-half Jack Bickerdike back from injury.

James Wilson has deputised well in the no9 role and he keeps his place in the starting line up, although looks set for a move to the wing.

Last week’s derby victory saw Cleckheaton leapfrog Morley in the National League Three North table and climb to eighth place.

Lymm produced a lacklustre display when they slipped to a 32-28 defeat at Rossendale and they are just one place and one point above the Moorenders, who will look to make further progress.

Like Cleckheaton, Lymm also boast a strong home record, with their only defeat this term coming against league leaders Sale a fortnight ago.

Among Lymm’s victims were second placed Firwood Waterloo but Cleckheaton will be confident that if they can reproduce the form of last week, they could return from Beechwood with winning points.

For those not making the trip to Cheshire, there is action at Moorend, where the Kestrels host Wath.