confidence high as Cleck seek derby win

Richard Piper crashes over for a try against Huddersfield YMCA last Saturday as Cleckheaton teammates celebrate.
Richard Piper crashes over for a try against Huddersfield YMCA last Saturday as Cleckheaton teammates celebrate.
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Cleckheaton make the short trip to Morley tomorrow brimming with confidence as they seek a notable double over their rivals.

The Moorenders defeated Morley 36-7 at home in October and are on a terrific run, which has seen them climb to fifth in National League Three North.

Ian Armitage’s men have won seven and drawn one of their last eight league matches and are level on 60 points with Waterloo Firwood and eight behind third placed Sheffield Tigers.

The last time Cleckheaton tasted defeat was back on November 18 when they went down 36-10 at Sheffield Tigers, who have still to visit fortress Moorend in what could prove to be a crucial match in the race for third place.

Although Cleckheaton hold the indian sign over Morley in recent games between the two, they will be wary having ended their own hoodoo last week, beating Huddersfield YMCA 24-17.

In contrast, Morley are languishing third bottom in the division and are involved in a real scrap for survival.

The Maroons have lost six and drawn one of their last seven matches, with the share of the spoils coming against second-bottom Westoe before Christmas.

Cleckheaton captain Richard Piper dedicated last week’s win to president Alan Bentley, who passed away the previous week.

Piper was delighted to be among the try scorers on an emotional day at Moorend, while superb displays from Matt Piper and Oliver Akroyd earned the pair a share of the man-of-the-match award.

Clubs from across the county are expected at Mr Bentley’s funeral this morning (Friday) at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland at 9.45am.

Those associated with Cleckheaton are asked to wear their striped club blazers.