Opportunity knocks for Kestrels in Yorks Cup tie

Danny Vento is one of several Cleckheaton first teamers rested for tomorrow's Yorkshire Cup tie with Sheffield.

Danny Vento is one of several Cleckheaton first teamers rested for tomorrow's Yorkshire Cup tie with Sheffield.

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Cleckheaton will take the opportunity to play a number of fringe players when they host Sheffield in the Yorkshire Cup tomorrow (ko 2.15pm).

The Moorenders have been on an impressive run in National Three North, winning their last three matches to climb up to seventh in the table but they will rest the majority of their first team for tomorrow’s tie.

There is no place in Cleckheaton’s 22-man squad for captain Richard Piper, experienced trio Ollie Akroyd, Danny Vento and Rob Afoa Peterson, or goalkicker Ross Hayden .

Cleckheaton Kestrels have been performing well in the Yorkshire Merit and beat Yarnbury 38-33 last week and it is a largely second string who will take to the field tomorrow.

Keiron Downes replaces Hayden at full-back, while there are places in the pack for highly rated Kestrels duo Jack Seddon and Josh White.

James Wilson filled in at scrum-half following an injury to Jack Bickerdike and he reverts to the no10 role tomorrow alongside experienced fly-half Jarrad Toulson.

Sheffield are currently top of North One East, the division below Cleckheaton, a point clear of Percy Park having beaten Old Crossleyans 27-22 last week.

Weekend selected sides (ko 2.15pm)

1st XV v Sheffield, meet 12:45pm: K Downes, J Jagger, S Wood, L Queeley, M Woodhead, J Toulson, Wilson, C Piper, B Thrower, A Piper, L Pearson, G Turton, B Marsden, J Seddon, J White. Reps: C Blackburn, A Dawson, L Beasty, C Thompson, G Lamb, J Crowther, N Jackson.

Kestrels: No game.

3rd XV v Baildon 2nds, meet 1.15pm: C Green, G Speight, E Howard, A Edwards, S Smith, M Howard, R Noble, A Corfield, A Porritt, M Blakely, M Deighton, M Wood, W Denham, R Simpson, R Brown.Reps: J Sheridan, A Lowe, A Smith.

4thXV at Ossett 2nds, meet 1pm: D Burton, M Whitlock, A Hobson, C Durkin, A Bailey, J Perks , B Womersley, A Womersley, A Brown, D Howe, M Nicholson, J Womersley, D McGuigan, C Aspinall, B Thornton, Reps: PManning, N Lazenby.