Cleckheaton go in search of notable derby double

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Cleckheaton 'v' Beverley.'d307h307

Cleckheaton will be aiming to derail Morley’s charge for a top-two finish in North One East when they make the short trip to Scatcherd Lane tomorrow (kick off 2.15pm).

Cleckheaton produced a magnificent display to defeat Morley 30-14 at Moorend on October 20 but, remarkably, that was the Maroons’ last defeat.

Since then, Morley have won 11 straight league games, while a Yorkshire Cup first round victory over Middlesbrough in December has set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash against Dave Harrison’s Cleck.

The Moorenders have already secured a league derby double over Old Crossleyans and they defeated Old Brodleians on Boxing Day, so they have an excellent record against their West Yorkshire neighbours this time.

Cleckheaton couldn’t be in better form for what is sure to be a cracking contest, as they go into the game on the back of a superb 22-13 over league leaders Beverley last week.

That win helped Morley close the gap on the front runners to 10 points with eight matches remaining.

Cleckheaton are back in fifth place, 14 points behind the Maroons, and while producing a serious top-two push may prove beyond them this time, there is no doubt Harrison’s men will be fired up to end Morley’s winning run and secure another notable scalp.

Cleck captain Richard Piper scored his 17th try of the season in the win over Beverley and he is now just four behind the division’s leading try-scorer Gareth Burns of Wheatley Hills.

Tomorrow could also see a keen battle between the two goal kickers.

Cleckheaton fly-half Iain Gordon has landed 28 conversions, 17 penalties and three drop goals, while Morley’s Simon Bradshaw has 24 conversions and 20 penalties to his name, although the winger has also scored 13 tries and has amassed 173 points.