Cleckheaton shake off away day blues with stylish win

Lee Queeley's last minute try clinched Cleckheaton's first win on the road.
Lee Queeley's last minute try clinched Cleckheaton's first win on the road.

Cleckheaton shook off their away win blues with a hard fought and well deserved 30-24 victory at Lymm in National Three North.

This was the first time the two clubs have played each other and it proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Moorenders.

The game initially went the way of the home side with fullback Dave Williamson finishing of a break by Lymm’s three quarter line for an unconverted try.

Cleckheaton responded robustly and the pack, which welcomed Paul Turner back in to the fold, started to get on top of their Cheshire counterparts.

Playing with the wind at their backs in the first half, Cleck kicked to the corner, hooker James Crowther found Ollie Akroyd and the catch drive by the pack was steered and completed by Richard Piper to level.

Cleckheaton went in front when another catch and drive near Lymm’s line proved effective with Callum Thompson forcing his way over.

An opportunist kick down field was hacked forward and bounced nicely for Williamson to score his second try.

Cleckheaton continued to work hard with Tom Austin and Josh White working hard and from a turn over, fast hands along the back line from James Wilson and Matt Piper put Lee Queeley into space and the winger sprinted 50 metres to score between the posts. Ross Hayden converted and the visitors led 17-10 at the break.

Sam Wood showed resilience in defence for such a young player as Lymm put Cleck under pressure early in the second half.

Michael Piper attempted to intercept a long pass but couldn’t gather and the referee issued a yellow card for a deliberate knock on.

With Cleckheaton reduced to 14 men, Lymm equalised with a converted try from hooker Ross White.

Matt Piper showed great strength after a gathering a ball from the back of the ruck and powered his way to the line with three Lymm defenders trying to stop his progress.

Michael Piper landed a well taken drop goal but Lymm scored a late converted try to move within a point at 25-24.

Cleckheaton had the final say though, when Richard Piper gathered from the back of a scrum and put in a deft grubber kick, allowing Queeley to touch down to seal their first win on the road.