CLECKHEATON slipped to a second defeat in North One East, conceding four tries to one against Sheffield.
Although the opening exchanges were evenly contested, Cleck gave away far too much possession and conceded penalties, which allowed Sheffield to take a 6-0 lead.
When Cleck worked hard to advance into the Sheffield ’22, the final pass was spilled and pressure relieved.
Late in the half, Sheffield mounted an attack after a Cleckheaton kick failed to find touch which resulted in stand-off Mark Ireland rounding the last line of defence for a try. Ireland converted to bring his personal tally to 13 points.
The second half started in the same way for Cleckheaton and on a day when nothing seemed to go right, another knock-on gave Sheffield possession which resulted in another converted try.
The Sheffield flanker then raced 40 metres to cross between the posts, despite strong Cleckheaton claims of an infringement at an earlier ruck. The conversion put Sheffield 27-0 up.
Cleckheaton responded with a concerted effort, Iain Gordon switching to outside centre and providing the home supporters with something to cheer as he repeatedly cut through the defence.
From one such break, Cleck won a line-out and Ryan Piercy went over for a consolation try.
With just minutes left Cleckheaton’s day was summed up, when the ball was spilled on halfway and Sheffield hacked it forward and the left winger raced up the touch line for a bonus point try, which was converted.
Cleckheaton now find themselves at the foot of North One East and as they go into tomorrow’s game at close rivals Old Crossleyans still searching a first win.
1stXV at Old Crossleyans, ko 3pm, meet 12.45pm: R Hayden, J Marshall, I Gordon, M Piper, M Woodhead, J Toulson, J Bickerdike, P Turner, S Worsley, B Thrower, R Piercy, G Turton, R Piper, M Sargeant, O Akroyd. Replacements: J Wilson, C Piper, D Nolan.
Kestrels v Barnsley, ko3pm, meet 1.30pm: P Horrigan, A Stanley, C Blackburn, T Crewe, M Johnson, G Lamb, L Beasty, L Goldthorpe, R Motlib, L Haigh, M Beasty, D Freeman, R Bennett, T Brooke, N Clayton. Replacements: A Piper, N Holland, D Graham, J White, C Davis, M Hadfield.
3rdXV at Skipton, ko 3pm, meet 1.15pm: G Speight, H Bairstow, J Lord, S Smith, C Wilson, J Duggan, R Noble, A Lowe, A Porritt, S Roberts, M Womersley, L Ashley, J Close, J Summers, M Terry. Replacements: R Simpson, A McCarthy, C Brannan.
4thXV v Old Rishworthians, ko3pm, meet 2.15pm: A Smith, A Brown, N Lazenby, O Thompson, J Windle, B Womersley, S Fletcher, M Blakely, F Loker, A Womersley, J Womersley, I Webb, M Phillips, D Webb, J Colt. Replacements: A Tilby-Baxter, A Bailey, S Curley, D Boye.
n Cleckheaton Junior Colts laid down a marker for their league campaign with an impressive 42-0 win at Skipton in their first match.
Cleckheaton led 12-0 at half-time thanks to two tries and a conversion and they went on to add a further unanswered points after the break.
Luke Pearson was pick of the Cleck players, despite playing out of position, but the whole side earned praise for a fine display.
Cleckheaton Under-15s suffered a 53-5 defeat to Bradford & Bingley, who led 22-0 at half-time and ran in a further five tries after the break despite the defensive efforts of Collins, Peel and McGovern.
Cleck chances were limited but late on, Hindle and Curley set up a consolation try for Dixon.
The Under-13s edged out the Bees in their first 15-a-side game on a full sized pitch.
Joe Tilby-Baxter jinked through the defence before sending Dominic Howarth between the posts for a try which Eli Steinberg converted.
Oliver Barker made several try saving tackles, while Drew Judge-Clar produced some clearing kicks but Bingley scored in the corner late on only for the conversion to be missed as Cleck hung on for victory.