Cleckheaton aim to build on derby win

Cleckheaton have shown signs that they are starting to gel under the guidance of coach Thiu Barnard.
Cleckheaton have shown signs that they are starting to gel under the guidance of coach Thiu Barnard.

CLECKHEATON will aim to build on their impressive derby win over Huddersfield YMCA a fortnight ago when they travel to Malton and Norton in North One East on Saturday (kick off 2.15pm).

The Moorenders produced one of their best performnaces of the season when registering a 31-13 victory over YMCA and they will now look to make further progress up the table against a side who lie just a point and one place above them.

Malton and Norton look a handy side at home having won three of their four matches but Theo Barnard’s men have started show glimpses that they are beginning to gel and they will look to now go on a winning run with three out of their next four games against sides around them in the league standings.

Fly half Mike Swetman has been in excellent form lately and he racked up 21 points in the victory over Huddersfield YMCA as he crossed for a brace of tries, landed a penalty and was also successful with four conversion attempts.

Pat Foulstone is selected for his third game in Cleckheaton colours, while there is a start at full-back for Ronan Evans after he came off the bench to score a try in the derby win.

After the trip to Malton and Norton, Cleckheaton entertain 10th placed Percy Park on December 2, followed by a trip to leaders Morpeth before ending the year at home to Bradford & Bingley.

Selected Sides

1stXV at Malton and Norton, kick off 2.15pm, meet 11.15am: Ronan Evans, Mikey Hayward, James Wilson, Matt Piper, Pat Foulstone, Mike Swetman, Jack Bickerdike, Paul Turner, Ben Thrower, Andy Piper, Ryan Piercy, Luke Pearson, Brad Marsden, Josh Plunkett. Replacements: Jack Seddon, James Crowther, Neil Cherryholme.

Kestrels at Yarnbury, kick off 2.15pm, meet 1pm: Cain Crotty, Lee Harley, Craig Blackburn, Alfie Green, George Speigh, Bailey Smith, Lewis Beasty, Niall Jackson, Andy Porritt, Will Denham, Josh Clough, MAtt Wood, Rob Lowe, Charlie McGovern, Robin Bennett. Replacements: Angus Owen, Joe Humphries, Joe Roberts, Ollie Clark, Steve Noble.

3rdXV v Halifax Dukes, kick off 2.15pm, meet 1.15pm: Dave Howsen, Alex Bailey, Anthony McCarthy, Nick Lazenby, Jake Grinsdale, Antony Hobson, Keiran Baldry, Max Blakley, Andy Brown, Andy Womersley, Danny Howe, Lyndon Ashley, Scott Hartley, Adam Clough, Josh Blackhall. Replacements: Andy Tilby-Baxter, Phil Manning, Danny McGuigan, Bob Thornton, J Sutcliffe, Yo Windle, Harry Sutcliffe.