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Cleckheaton host high flying Driffield

A Cleckheaton player leaps to gather the ball ahead of a Bridlington defender during last Saturday's North One Esat fixture on the east coast.
A Cleckheaton player leaps to gather the ball ahead of a Bridlington defender during last Saturday's North One Esat fixture on the east coast.

Cleckheaton will bid to bounce back from last week’s disappointing 29-5 defeat at Bridlington when they welcome high flying Driffield to Moorend on Saturday (kick off 2.15pm) for their only home fixture in January.

The Moorenders had plenty of possession on their trip to the east coast but found the Bridlington defence stubborn to break down and they were restricted to a solitary try from Mikey Hayward.

It was the wing man’s ninth try of the season and he is now just three behind the division’s leading try scorer, Tom Cummins of Bradford & Bingley, who tops the charts with 12.

Cleck’s Ronan Evans is also among the top 10 try scorers, with seven to his name so far, but the home side will need all their big guns to be firing when they host second placed Driffield.

The East Yorkshire visitors are just a point behind leaders Morpeth having won 10 of their 14 games so far and maintained the pressure with a 29-20 win at West Leeds last Saturday.

Cleckheaton face three of their four games this month on the road in a tough start to the new year.

They currently lie seventh in the table and travel to sixth placed West Leeds next week before making the long trip to Alnwick on January 27 looking to pick up points in a bid to climb into the division’s top five.