Cleckheaton aim to upset league leaders Beverley

Cleckheaton will aim to become only the second team this season to defeat runaway North One East leaders Beverley tomorrow.

Beverley come to Moorend holding a handsome 14-point lead at the top of the table but are treating the clash as their toughest remaining away game.

Cleckheaton are also in form having won all three of their games to have taken place in 2013 and the Moorenders are a formidable outfit, especially on home soil, so it promises to be a cracking contest.

The Moorenders had wanted the game to kick off at 3pm as they will stage another of their popular pre-match lunches.

That would have meant the second half being played under floodlights but Beverley were reluctant to do this, so the clubs have agreed a compromise and the match will kick off at the slighter later time of 2.30pm.

Lee Queeley is set to make a rare appearance for the Moorenders as he spends time on leave from the RAF.

Queeley played in a pre-season game against Percy Park before going on a tour of duty to Afghanistan.

Having returned, Queeley turned out in the trraditional Boxing Day fixture with Old Brods before taking a well-earned holiday.

He came off the bench last week but his is set to start against the leaders tomorrow.

Cleckheaton produced a terrific effort away to Beverley in October when they were edged out 29-19 after the leaders scored late tries and Dave Harrison’s men will see tomorrow as a good chance to claim a notable scalp.

Captain Richard Piper was again among Cleckheaton’s try scorers in last week’s 26-7 win over Pocklington and he has moved second in the try scoring charts with 16.

Fly-half Iain Gordon passed the 100 points mark and lies fifth in the goal kicking charts with 26 conversions, 16 penalties and three drop goals.