Cleckheaton defeat rivals Morley in Yorkshire Cup

cleckheaton v sheffield   d10091183'Ross Hayden on his way to score for Cleckheaton.
cleckheaton v sheffield d10091183'Ross Hayden on his way to score for Cleckheaton.

Cleckheaton ended their pre-season programme with a terrific 26-14 win over Morley in the Yorkshire Cup first round last Saturday.

Cleckheaton have now defeated two higher ranked opponents away from home in successive weeks and they are full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s North East One opener.

The first try came after 10 minutes when good lineout possession was driven to the line expertly with captain Richard Piper scoring a trademark try, converted by Ross Hayden.

Further tries from Ross Hayden and James Marshall, both converted by the excellent Hayden, emphasised Cleckheaton’s dominance.

Morley’s first spell of pressure didn’t come until the 35th minute but they were rewarded with a try for hooker Kyle Scott, converted by Charlie Spon-Smith.

With the strong wind at their backs Morley came more into the game in the second half and a try from Bradley Marshall, converted by Mark Chester, reduced the arrears.

A try from the influential Oliver Akroyd, following good work from Rob Afoa-Peterson, settled Cleck’s nerves.

Hayden missed the conversion and a late penalty but the game was won as Cleckheaton continued their derby dominance against the Scatcherd Lane men.

Cleckheaton can now look forward with confidence to the start of the league campaign, while they have been drawn at home to Sheffield in the Yorkshire Cup, with the tie provisionally set for February 1.

Cleckheaton go into Saturday’s opening game in North One East game with great confidence following three straight away wins in pre-season.

The Moorenders won 47-10 at Eccles on August 17 and followed it up with successive victories over National Three North opponents Percy Park and Morley.

Cleck’s first home game is against Rochdale on September 14.