Cleck hunt out third victory

TREBLE TONIC: Cleck skipper Richard Piper who, along with Martin Woodhead, scored a try hat-trick last weekend.
TREBLE TONIC: Cleck skipper Richard Piper who, along with Martin Woodhead, scored a try hat-trick last weekend.

CLECKHEATON go in search of a third straight victory in North East One tomorrow when they travel to Pocklington brimming with confidence.

Three is certainly proving to be a magic number at Moorend lately and the club celebrated a memorable ‘hat-trick Saturday’ last week.

All three senior sides won, with the firsts recording a terrific 39-17 success over Morpeth as they collected five league points, the Kestrels turned a 12-6 half-time deficit into a 44-19 win over local rivals Old Brodleians, while the fourth team thrashed the Brods 65-5.

Added to that four players bagged at least a hat-trick of tries in each of those wins and the celebratory jugs of beer were flowing during the evening.

Captain Richard Piper and Martin Woodhead both bagged trebles in the first team success, James Wilson went one better as he crossed four times in the Kestrels’ derby win, while Jack Seddon also scored four for the fourths to cap a terrific day for the club.

Cleckheaton, who have bounced back from two defeats with back-to-back victories, now go in search of a third straight league success when they travel to Pocklington, who have won one and lost three of their opening four matches.

Richard Piper, who was Cleck’s leading try scorer last season, and Woodhead had not scored in the opening three games so will have been pleased to get off the mark and will be both aiming to boost their tallies tomorrow.

Selected sides

1stXV at Pocklington, kick off 3pm, meet noon: Jonathon Marshall, M Woodhead, I Gordon, M Piper, R Hayden, J Toulson, J Bickerdike, B Thrower, S Worsley, P Turner, G Turton, D Nolan, R Piercy, R Piper, O Akroyd. Replacements: J Wilson, L Goldthorpe, R Bennett.

Kestrels v Scunthorpe 3rdXV, kick off 3pm, meet 1.45pm: T Brooke, M Johnson, James Marshall, G Lamb, G Speight, C Blackburn, M Fletcher, M Hadfield, R Motlib, L Haigh, A Piper, C Mason, J White, L Bashforth, N Clayton. Replacements: M Beasty, T Crewe, P Horrigan, C Brannan, L Beasty.

3rdXV at Baildon 2ndXV, kick off 3pm, meet 1.30pm: H Bairstow, C Davis, A Edwards, S Smith, A McCarthy, J Ward, R Noble, A Lowe, A Porritt, M Blakeley, M Womersley, K Enright, L Ashley, J Seddon, M Terry. Replacements: A Stanley, J Close, C Aspinall, R Simpson.

4thXV v TBA (home), kick off 3pm, meet 2pm: B Womersley, J Windle, J Mate, G Dixon, A Tilby-Baxter, R Land, N Lazenby, A Corfield, F Loker, A Womersley, I Webb, J Womersley, M Phillips, D Webb, M Nicholson. Replacements: S Curley, J Colt, M Fletcher, B Thornton, R Mortimer.