Cleckheaton’s impressive run continues at Beverley
Cleckheaton recorded a seventh win in eight league and cup outings when they came from behind to defeat Beverley 17-8 last Saturday.
Beverley may be bottom of National Three North but they started brightly and tested Cleckheaton’s defence, which held under pressure.
Ben Thrower couldn’t hold onto the ball as he attempted an interception and the referee awarded a penalty for a deliberate knock-on and Duboulay kicked the goal.
Cleckheaton had endured a nightmare coach journey to the game and Beverley took advantage when player-coach, Junior Tupai, produced a crossfield kick that was taken by Tony Maka to send Goran Jelencic over for an unconverted try.
Cleckheaton started to get into the game with Alex Dawson, Thrower and Callum Thompson again dominating their opposition.
Jack Bickerdike and Jarrad Toulson linked and looked certain to have created a try but Beverley’s last defender jumped in the air and knocked the ball down before it could reach James Wilson.
The referee had little option but to produce a yellow card and Ross Hayden stepped up to convert the penalty.
Martin Woodhead had the ball ripped free in the act of scoring, while Gareth Lamb fed Danny Vento but Beverley’s defence scrambled well and thwarted the attack. Despite further pressure, Cleckheaton trailed 8-3 at half-time.
Josh White had a fine game but was substituted at half time as he was in the starting line-up for the Yorkshire Under-20s game the next day.
Alex Dawson had a try disallowed and as frustrations boiled over, Grant Turton was sin-binned.
Within two minutes of being restored to full compliment, Callum Thompson went in to level the scores.
Hayden kicked a difficult conversion to edge Cleckheaton in front.
Cleckheaton piled on the pressure, overpowering their opponents with Carl Mason having a terrific game.
In the final moments, Jack Seddon picked up at the back of a ruck and darted over. Hayden added another difficult conversion to deny the home team a bonus point.
Beverley put in a spirited performance and are not far away from registering much needed wins but it was Cleckheaton who marched on and can look forward to Saturday’s game with Westoe.