Cleckheaton sign off with a victory

Cleckheaton RUFC  1st XV   2010 -11 North East 1''Sponsored by PZ Engineering''Back Row:  Sean Hayden, James Wilson, Pete Murphy, Mark Sargeant, Ross Hayden, Chris Piper, James Sargeant, Dave Freeman,''Ryan Piercy, Grant Turton, Johnno Marshall, Lee Queeley, Mitch Ashworth, Mark Waite''Front Row: Dave Harrison, Iain Gordon, Ollie Depledge, Steve Worsley, Paul Turner (Captain), Andy Piper, Rich Piper, Ed Chappelow
Cleckheaton RUFC 1st XV 2010 -11 North East 1''Sponsored by PZ Engineering''Back Row: Sean Hayden, James Wilson, Pete Murphy, Mark Sargeant, Ross Hayden, Chris Piper, James Sargeant, Dave Freeman,''Ryan Piercy, Grant Turton, Johnno Marshall, Lee Queeley, Mitch Ashworth, Mark Waite''Front Row: Dave Harrison, Iain Gordon, Ollie Depledge, Steve Worsley, Paul Turner (Captain), Andy Piper, Rich Piper, Ed Chappelow

Cleckheaton 48

Morpeth 8

Cleckheaton brought their long North One East season to an end with a seven try victory over game opponents who never gave up.

Cleck were without several regulars, most noteworthy, captain Paul Turner, who was on duty with Yorkshire against Cheshire at Sheffield.

Cleckheaton emerged from a slow start, inevitable as it was the club dinner the previous evening, to put on a show of sublime rugby to finish off the season in a manner they will be looking to start the next one.

The visitors were bouyed after collecting a losing bonus point the previous week at Wheatley Hills to ensure their league survival and they started well.

A fine touch-finding kick following a penalty saw Morpeth with the throw-in to a lineout just inside the ‘22. A catch and drive proved too well organised and the Morpeth pack drove the 20 metres to score.

The home side soon hit back as Iain Gordon was successful with his first penalty.

Cleck’s pack showed they too can catch and drive with the best, leading to an Ed Chappelow try.

Just before half-time Cleckheaton really began to turn on the style as James Wilson finished a flowing move with a try which was instigated by one of several midfield breaks by player coach Pete Murphy, converted by Gordon.

Tries from Martin Woodhead, Mark Sergeant and two from leading try scorer Ross Hayden, bringing his season tally to a club record 25 tries, emphasised the difference in class of the two back lines.

The highlight of the match saw a crunching tackle by Lee Queeley, who gathered up the ball and sprinted to the line after 70 minutes.

The bonus point gave Cleckheaton 19 for the season and the best total in the league, proving that when they win they often win well and when they lose it’s often within a score .

n Paul Turner is on the bench for Yorkshire against Lancashire tomorrow at Fylde.