High flying Cleckheaton bid to extend winning run

Cleckheaton v Rochdale. Ben Thrower
Cleckheaton v Rochdale. Ben Thrower

Cleckheaton are bidding to extend their superb start to the season when they travel to Driffield in North East One tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

The Moorenders are the only side in the division with a 100 per-cent record having taken maximum points from both their opening matches.

Cleckheaton have continued the form from the back end of last season, when they came within a whisker of clinching a promotion play-off spot, and have laid down an early marker that they will be a force this season.

Having beaten Malton & Norton 31-23 on the opening day of the season, Cleckheaton defeated Rochdale 32-3 last Saturday when James Wilson’s last minute 90 metre interception try bagged them another four-try bonus point.

Cleckheaton have won all five matches in total this term, which includes two pre-season warm-up matches and the impressive Yorkshire Cup success over Morley and they are a club on a real high.

The Moorenders will again field four full teams tomorrow, with the Kestrels entertaining Driffield on the back of a 22-10 victory over Old Brodleians last week when tries came from Jack Seddon, Will Denham and Matthew Hadfield.

Paddy Horrigan stepped up from the Kestrels to make his first team debut last week and had an impressive game, while the powerful running of new signing Rob Afoa Peterson was another key factor to the win.

Cleckheaton’s favoured set piece move of the catch and drive line-out, which proved so difficult to defend last term, was again in evidence in the victory over Rochdale.

Twice the move paid off and resulted in tries from last season’s leading scorer Rich Piper.

If the no8 can keep fit and Cleck continue to have success in this department, they must surely fancy their chances of challenging for honours.