Cleckheaton youngsters produce season’s best performance

Cleckheaton Under-9s in action during last Sunday's trip to Ilkley, where they propduced their best performance of the season to win both matches against a strong home side.
Cleckheaton Under-9s in action during last Sunday's trip to Ilkley, where they propduced their best performance of the season to win both matches against a strong home side.

Cleckheaton Under-10s produced an excellent display to earn a seven tries to six victory away to Ilkley.

Cleckheaton’s finishing was more clinical in one of their best displays to date.

Ilkley scored the opening try but Cleckheaton bounced back and fine handling allowed player of the match Jayden Cuffe to score the first of several tries with a weaving run.

Alfie Davison produced his best defensive display to earn 100 per cent effort, while Declan Wilson stole the ball in several one on one tackles.

A fine offload by George Nelson put Sam Nolan on a powerful run for another Cleck try as they led 5-3 at the break.

Ilkley scored next but Connor Holden and Tom Wassell then produced some brilliant tackles to keep them at bay.

Strong runs by William Nicholson put further pressure on Ilkley’s defence, opening gaps for Cleckheaton to extend their lead and although Ilkley fought back, the visitors held on to win.

Sam Jackson was denied a try when play was brought back for an injured player.

It was an excellent performance by both sides resulting in a great win for Cleckheaton.

Cleckheaton Under-9s also faced a trip to Ilkley last Sunday when they met a strong home squad, who were able to field two teams.

Cleckheaton started the first match brightly with some powerful runs from Jenson Senior and Joel Pratt.

Improved passing and teamwork led to tries from Evie Lockwood and Bowen Galligan as Cleckheaton won 6-3 in their best performance of the season.

Cleckheaton came up against a fresh set of Ilkley players in the second match.

Player of the match Isaac Prouse produced a terrific pass to flip the ball inside before being tackled into touch, leading to a try after Stanley Piper and Adam Boocock linked up in attack.

A tiring Cleck defence was put under pressure from the fresher Ilkley team but Samuel Hemmingway and William McIntosh held strong despite the former picking up an injury.

Cleckheaton held on for a terrific 5-4 win and the youngsters, who were last season’s junior team of the year, continue to impress their coaches.