Cleckheaton face Waterloo in battle to avoid relegation

Josh Hall scored a try in Cleckheatons victory over Firwood Waterloo in September. Pic: Paul Butterfield
Josh Hall scored a try in Cleckheatons victory over Firwood Waterloo in September. Pic: Paul Butterfield

Cleckheaton welcome Firwood Waterloo to Moorend on Saturday (3pm) in what is sure to prove a crucial clash in their fight against relegation in National League Three North.

Cleckheaton lie 11th in the table, just two points above third-bottom side Doncaster Phoenix and five ahead of Waterloo, who currently occupy the second relegation spot.

Cleckheaton have lost their last six matches but with four games remaining, survival remains very much in their own hands but they can not afford to slip up against their relegation rivals.

Cleckheaton gained a vital 27-22 win at Waterloo in September when Ronan Evans scored a try and landed two conversions and a penalty. Ryan Piercy, Josh Hall and Richard Piper also crossed.

That was one of just six wins the Moorenders have managed this season and completing a league double over Firwood would go a long way to ensuring they are playing National League rugby next season.

Phoenix host mid-table Kendal in another game which will have a huge bearing at the wrong end of the table.

Cleckheaton face a trip to unbeaten champions-elect Huddersfield on April 1 before hosting Wirral in their final home, while they end the season with a trip to ninth-placed Lymm on April 22.