Cleckheaton face Phoenix in vital clash

Cleckheaton face a crunch game against Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday.
Cleckheaton face a crunch game against Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday.

Cleckheaton are gearing up for one of their most important games of the season as they welcome fellow strugglers Doncaster Phoenix to Moorend in a crucial National Three North clash on Saturday (2.15pm).

Phoeix slipped into the bottom three following defeat to Morley a fortnight ago but are just four points behind fifth-bottom Cleck.

Victory for the Moorenders would put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone but defeat would send them into the final seven games of the season with a real scrap on their hands to stay up.

Cleckheaton suffered a 26-19 defeat away to Doncaster in October and can not afford a repeat on Saturday.

Cleck had made an encouraging start to 2017 as they recorded 12-6 victory at Ilkley and pushed promotion chasing Rossendale all the way before being edged out 19-17.

However, their form dipped when they were well beaten 40-12 at Sandal last time out and they will hope last week’s break from league action will allow them to come back stronger.