Cleckheaton tackle Brods in festive challenge clash

Josh White is one of several talented youngsters who have broken into senior rugby at Cleckheaton this season.
Josh White is one of several talented youngsters who have broken into senior rugby at Cleckheaton this season.
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Cleckheaton will aim to sign off a magnificent year in style when they welcome Old Brodleians to Moorend on Boxing Day (ko 11am).

The long standing tradition continues as old friends renew acquaintances, while taking in a festive match.

The future at Moorend is certainly bright as Cleckheaton bring an end to 2014 lying fifth in National League Three North having won nine of their 14 league matches, including all six at home.

Cleckheaton can also look forward to a Yorkshire Cup semi-final in the new year.

A highly talented bunch of youngsters have also emerged into senior rugby this season, including Josh White, who represented Yorkshire Under-20s.

Cleckheaton Kestrels lie fourth in the Yorkshire Merit League Premiership following last Saturday’s 32-10 victory at home to Ilkley.

Cleckheaton have a thriving junior section, hopefully bringing along the next crop of senior players.

The Moorenders Under-16s travelled to Hull Ionians last week and produced a battling display despite suffering a 25-5 defeat in the Yorkshire Plate competition.

Cleckheaton were solid in defence led by J Birkett, A Green and D Smith in an even opening quarter.

Eventually, Ionians made a breakthrough, scoring three tries before the break.

Cleckheaton remained positive and more great tackling from L Harley, T Ford, R Burns and J Parkin forcing Ionians into mistakes and they were rewarded with a try from B Etchells.

Hull replied with two further tries to seal victory but Cleckheaton deserve credit for playing their part in a fine game, with Noble, Sheard, Seddon, McCarthy, Johnson, Crawshaw, Walker, Wood and Rigg contributing.