Cleckheaton go in search of eighth straight victory

Rugby Union 'Cleckheaton v Middlesbrough.'(cleckheaton red stripy tops)'Pictured: Cleckheatons Ben Thrower
Rugby Union 'Cleckheaton v Middlesbrough.'(cleckheaton red stripy tops)'Pictured: Cleckheatons Ben Thrower

Cleckheaton go in search of an eighth straight victory in North One East tomorrow as they aim to pile pressure on the sides chasing second place.

The Moorenders entertain relegated Durham City (3pm) with a good chance of racking up a healthy win to boost their points difference.

An incredible eight-match winning run, which stretches back to December 15, has given Dave Harrison’s men an outside chance of finishing second.

Cleckheaton are seven points adrift of second placed Sheffield with five matches remaining but only one of those is against a side currently above them in the table. Beverley are closing in on the title and only automatic promotion spot but Sheffield, Wheatley Hills, Morley and now Cleckheaton are all in the hunt for second place.

Since beating Keighley 14-13 on the opening day of the season, Durham have lost 20 matches in a row, conceding 912 points in the process and were relegated following defeat to Morley last week so Cleckheaton will be relishing the prospect of racking up the points.

It also gives Richard Piper the chance to move clear at the top of the try scoring charts, as he is currently level on 22 with Gareth Burns of Wheatley Hills.

Cleckheaton Weekend Sides (ko 3pm)

1st XV v Durham City, meet 1.30pm: R Hayden, M Woodhead, C Blackburn, M Piper, J Wilson, I Gordon, J Bickerdike, P Turner, S Worsley, B Thrower, R Piercy, G Turton, N Salama, O Akroyd, R Piper. Reps: A Piper, R Bennett, J Toulson.

Kestrels at York, meet 12.30pm: T Brooke, P Horrigan, J Marshall, T Crewe, A Stanley, G Lamb, M Fletcher, C Piper, N Clayton, L Haigh, M Beasty, C Mason, J White, L Bshforth, D Graham. Reps: J Seddon, C Brannan, L Goldthorpe, M Sergeant, M Hadfield.

3rdXV v TBA (home), meet 2pm: A McArthy, C Davies, M Howard, S Smith, G Speight, J Ward, L Beasty, J Porritt, A Porritt, A Lowe, M Wood, M Womersley, A Edwards, J Sheridan, R Simpson. Reps: J Duggan, C Wright.

4th XV at Old Rishworths, meet 1.30pm: B Womersley, J Firth, N Lazenby, M Nicholson, A Brown, J Perks, R Noble, M Blakely, B Thornton, D Howe, J Womersley, I Webb, A Clough, R Brown, D Webb. Reps: A Baxter, D McGuigan, A Bailey.