Cleckheaton aiming to end losing run as Billingham visit

Cleckheaton coach Scott Benton knows his sides final three home games will be crucial as the Moorenders bid to remain in National League Three North.
Cleckheaton coach Scott Benton knows his sides final three home games will be crucial as the Moorenders bid to remain in National League Three North.

Cleckheaton go into their final six matches of the season fighting to maintain their National League Three North status.

The Moorenders are just one point above the relegation zone and they will bid to end a four-match losing run when Billingham visit on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

Cleckheaton are level on 31 points with Doncaster Phoenix and just one ahead of third-bottom Morley with the three relegation rivals having all played 20 matches.

Morley missed the chance to climb above Cleckheaton and Phoenix when they slipped to a 17-3 defeat to Kendal and failed to take a point from their game in hand last Saturday.

Cleckheaton have won just twice at home this season — against Morley and basement side Stockport — but Scott Benton’s men must rapidly turn that form around and try to win their remaining three fixtures at Moorend.

With trips to 100 per-cent league leaders Huddersfield and third placed Hull still to come, Cleckheaton’s remaining home games will be crucial to their survival hopes.

Billingham have won six out of 10 games on the road so far but Cleckheaton are not without hope and are targeting a notable league double having won the away fixture 27-7 back in November.