Malton & Norton 17
Cleckheaton extended their 100 per cent record in 2013 with a hard-fought, bonus point win at Malton and Norton.
Cleck demonstrated their strength in depth with Naz Salama out injured, Ollie Akroyd ill and Mark Sergeant working, giving a chance for Matt Beasty and Josh White to increase first team experience.
Malton’s Ali Heard landed an early penalty but Cleckheaton hit back when they set up a very familiar catch and drive line out. Hooker Ben Thrower, picked out jumper, Ryan Piercy, which again resulting in a try for Rich Piper.
Malton No8 Sam Triffit gathered and sprinted 60 metres for a converted try, which gave the home side a 10-5 lead.
Cleckheaton drove a line-out fully 30 metres up field before being deemed held up over the line but from the scrum, Ryan Piercy crashed between the posts and Iain Gordon converted.
Gus Ramsey replied with a Malton try and Heard’s goal put them 17-12 up at the break.
With the second half less than 10 minutes old, Cleck levelled when Gordon sold a fantastic dummy and ghosted through the gap before sending Ross Hayden in at the corner.
Cleck completed their scoring and claimed a bonus point 15 minutes later from another catch and drive line out.
Richard Piper claiming joint top spot in the table of the league’s top try scorers with his 21st of the season. Gordon added the conversion to give them a seven point cushion.
Malton pressed hard, winning a penalty and a subsequent line-out within Cleck’s 22.
The nerves of the travelling support were jangling momentarily but Piercy out jumped his opposite number to steel the ball and put paid to their challenge as Cleck hung on for another notable win.