Red hot Cleckheaton aim for ninth straight victory

Jack Bickerdike rounded off an excellent move to score a try when Cleckheaton beat Sheffield 18-7 in September.
Jack Bickerdike rounded off an excellent move to score a try when Cleckheaton beat Sheffield 18-7 in September.
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Cleckheaton are targeting a ninth straight win in North One East tomorrow when bottom side Sheffield visit fortress Moorend (ko 2.15pm).

Ian Armitage’s men have won all seven home games this season, including last week’s 33-14 success over Driffield, while Sheffield have lost all of their eight games on the road and are rooted to the foot of the table.

The Moorenders will start as red hot favourites to extend their 100 per cent home record and collect a ninth straight league win to maintain their charge towards the title.

Sheffield were among the promotion chasers last season but have seen a change in fortunes this time, although they gave Cleck one of their sternest tests of the season in September.

Scrum-half Jack Bickerdike rounded off a wonderful flowing move with a try as Cleckheaton completed an 18-7 win in South Yorkshire last September but there will be high hopes among the Moorend faithful that they can pick up another bonus point victory tomorrow.

Cleckheaton are 14 points clear of nearest rivals Huddersfield YMCA —the only side to have beaten them this season — with 11 matches remaining and it seems only a matter of time before they are crowned champions in what has been a marvellous campaign.

Ross Hayden was Cleckheaton’s man-of-the-match when Cleckheaton won at Sheffield and he was again in form in last week’s victory over Driffield scoring a try and landing four conversions.

Captain Richard Piper was also again in superb form as he added another hat-trick to his tally as Cleckheaton picked up another try scoring bonus point.

They seek a 16th win of the season tomorrow and can also look forward to a Yorkshire Cup quarter-final.