Moorend is gearing up for intriguing Morley clashes

Cleckheaton crest
Cleckheaton crest

CLECKHEATON Rugby Club can start preparing for the new season after the North One East fixtures were released.

The Moorenders will begin their season with a trip to Wheatley Hills on Saturday September 25 and the 26 match league campaign is due to end at home to the same opponents on April 20.

This season’s fixture list has thrown in a couple of intriguing derby fixtures after Morley were relegated from National League Three North last term.

The first clash between Cleckheaton and Morley will take place at Moorend on Saturday October 20, while the return trip to Scatcherd Lane is scheduled for February 16 2013.

Morley have a new director of rugby in charge this time having appointed David Murray following their relegation and the Cleckheaton faithful will relish the chance to lock horns with the Maroons once more.

Another of Cleckheaton’s local rivals, Old Brodleians, were relegated from North One East last term but the traditional Boxing Day fixture between the two sides has again been agreed and this year takes place at Hipperholme.

Cleckheaton have arranged a pre-season friendly at home to Percy Park, who were promoted to National League Three, for Saturday August 25.

Cleckheaton have also been handed a mouthwatering, and potentially lucrative, Yorkshire Cup first round tie at home to Harrogate.

There is a blank league date on November 10 and it is hoped most of the Yorkshire Cup first round ties will be played then in an attempt to avoid the problems that have arisen for the last two seasons when sides have struggled to fit games into an already tight schedule.

There are also blank league dates on December 1, December 29, February 23, March 16 and March 30, so there is scope to re-arrange games should poor weather intervene.

Cleckheaton finished last season in ninth place but they will be hoping to mount a sustained promotion challenge this time.

They won 11, drew two and lost 12 of their 25 league games, with their final match of the campaign against relegated Team Northumbria being cancelled as the students were unable to raise a side.