Cleck head north in high spirits

CLECKHEATON travel to Morpeth tomorrow seeking to build on some impressive performances in North One East (kick off 2.15pm).

The Moorenders lie eighth in the table and are in high spirits after a recent improvement and they have vowed to kick on in their remaining nine matches.

Cleck came within a whisker of defeating leaders Billingham last Saturday but were edged out 26-22.

Coach Dave Harrison was proud of his side’s display, saying: “We played really well, as well as we’ve played this season, I was just a little disappointed with the result having outscored them four tries to two.

“We outplayed them in many departments and the feeling among the Billingham camp was they’d got away with the result.

“Their number 15 (Peter Evans) kicked everything in sight but it wasn’t indiscipline that gave them penalties. They pressured us and credit to them for that.

“When we had the ball in hand, we played some really good rugby and scored four good tries, so from my view it was a positive weekend.

“If we play like that again we should have too much for Morpeth.

“The last two weeks have been a big ask but the lads have risen to the challenges. We’ve outplayed the leaders and probably should have won and the week before, against Gateshead, when we faced a tougher mental approach, we were comfortable winners.

“We are looking forward to going to Morpeth and if we can get the right result we hope to kick on.”

Richard Piper was again in the thick of the action, scoring two more tries to take his tally for the season to 16, just two behind Peter Evans who is way out in front as the division’s leading points scorer.

Ross Hayden, who also scored a brace of tries last week, took his tally to 10, while goalkicker Iain Gordon is also among the division’s leading scorers, although some way off Evans’ impressive stats.

Ollie Depledge came off in the second half last week after damaging his knee and has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game. Matt Piper will replace Depledge at scrum- half, with Craig Blackburn set to take the no 13 shirt.