Improved discipline key for Cleckheaton

Lee Queeley was among Cleckheaton's try scorers in the agonising defeat to league leaders Sheffield last Saturday.
Lee Queeley was among Cleckheaton's try scorers in the agonising defeat to league leaders Sheffield last Saturday.
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Cleckheaton must improve their discipline if they are to have hope of maintaining their National League Three North status.

The Moorenders lie second-bottom, six points adrift of Saturday’s opponents Stockport as they look to mount a survival bid.

Cleckheaton controlled the majority of last week’s clash against leaders Sheffield Tigers and appeared on course to pull off an unlikely win when they led 19-13 deep into stoppage time follwoing tries by Lee Queeley, Jack Birkerdike and Ryan Piercy.

Cleckheaton’s cause was not helped when they had three players sin-binned at various stages, forcing them to play half an hour of the game with 14 men.

Six minutes into time added on, the referee lost patience with several Cleckheaton infringements and awarded Sheffield a penalty try, which allowed them to snatch victory with the last kick of the game.

If Cleckheaton can cut out the penalties and indiscipline they must fancy their chances of earning victory at home to a Stockport side, who have lost their last five matches and lie fourth bottom.