Cleck strive to get game on

CLECKHEATON will be pulling out all the stops to try and ensure tomorrow’s North One East clash at home to Gateshead (kick off 2.15pm) beats the freeze.

Last week’s trip to Durham City was called off before Cleckheaton left Moorend and has been re-arranged for February 11.

The Moorenders were due to host Gateshead on December 17 but it was switched to tomorrow after bad weather again intervened.

The Moorend pitch was also unfit for Tuesday’s planned training session and as the club were struggling to find an indoor venue at short notice, the players looked like having to be content with personal gym sessions.

Cleckheaton coach Dave Harrison said: “We are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather this week but we will be doing everything we can to get the game on.

“The Gateshead game was postponed before Christmas and if we get another match called off the season is in danger of becoming very stop- start.”

Richard Piper has been Cleckheaton’s star man so far this season and is their leading try scorer with 11.

He has been struggling with a wrist injury recently but having last week off has given the back row man more time to recover.

Dave Freeman could be back in the squad tomorrow if a flight home from Switzerland lands in time for him to make a dash to Moorend before kick-off.

However, Lee Queeley has played his last game for several weeks as his duties with the RAF are taking him to Oman.

Queeley could be back in time to play in Cleckheaton’s final few games of this season but he then set to be stationed in Afghanistan for 16 weeks from August.

Gateshead have slipped into the bottom three of North One East, six points behind Northern, who have two games in hand.

They suffered a 52-16 defeat at Wheatley Hills last Saturday in one of only three games in the division to survive the freeze.

Victory saw Hills close within a point of leaders Billingham.

Old Brodleians, surprisingly, managed to stage their game against Middlesbrough but they were edged out 20-19 as their visitors moved third, while second-bottom Old Crossleyans caused a big surprise in the division’s other game when they defeated high-flying Percy Park 21-15.