CLECKHEATON head to Gateshead tomorrow aiming to go from strength to strength in North One East.
The Moorenders earned their first win of the season last Saturday, 27-18, at home to Sheffield.
Coach Dave Harrison was delighted with the win and also the bonus point they earned. “It was a big improvement on the opening game at Malton and Norton, we had several players back from the week before and we are hopeful that improvement will continue in the future.
“Ollie Depledge returned at scrum-half and Iain Gordon was at fly-half. We also had Matt Piper on the bench and he came on and made an impact in the second half. We made changes in the second row with James Sergeant and Grant Turton and that came off.”
Harrison explained: “We hope to get stronger with every match we play. We have several more first team players to come back after long term injuries and absences.”
He said Sheffield were a good test, they had opened up with a 55-0 win against Gateshead. A familiar face in the Sheffield ranks was former Moorenders favourite John Dudley.
“John was a big handful for 60 minutes, they also have Carl Mortimer at hooker who has experience at Halifax in North Two, so we were glad to get the win and the bonus point.”
Gateshead have had 107 points put past them, scoring only 18 in their opening two matches so Cleckheaton hopes will be high they can return with a win.
Gordon is unavailable again tomorrow but Daniel Williamson, who started at full-back last Saturday, will have another chance to start at scrum-half and make the position his own.
Harrison said: “Gateshead have struggled a bit, but we will go up there there and respect them.”
The coach’s aim this seson is to build up a squad with the first team and the Kestrels so they have plenty of competition for places.
“The Kestrels who have moved up to a higher division this time were mauled last Saturday but eight of the regular players were at a player’s wedding.
“This summer we worked hard to build up the squad for both sides with an eye to the future.”
1st 1xv at Gateshead, ko 3pm, meet 10.30am: R Hayden. M Woodhead, M Piper. P Murphy, J Wilson. D Wilkinson, O Depledge, P Turner, C Piper, A Piper, G Turton, J Sergeant , R Piercy, E Chappelow, R Piper. Reps: S Worsley, N Holland, A Bullen.
Kestrels at Bradford & Bingley, ko 3pm, meet 12.45pm: T Homme, P Horrigan, D Ashton, C Blackburn, L Beasty, J Toulson, M FLetcher, B Trhrower, R Motlib, D Furniss, M Beasty, J Goiti, S Quinn, M Sergeant, N Clayton. Reps B Depledge, J Haigh, R Bennett, A Edwards.
Third XV v Heath II, ko 3pm, 2.15pm: S Womersley, A Smith, C Wilson, C Lingard, J Walker, J Duggan, R Noble, A Lowe, A Porritt, J Porritt, C Mason, M Wood, J Summers, L Ashley, M Terry. Reps: A Corfield, R Simpson.
Fourth XV v Leeds Corinthians, kick-off 3pm, meet 2.15pm: D Burton, J Firth, M Nicholson, A Clarke, A Tilby-Baxter, B Womersley, A N Other, S Smith, F Loker , A Womersley, J Womersley, J Webb, G Dixon, D Webb, R Oldroyd. Reps: S Fletcher, C Thompson.