Derby win is perfect way for Cleckheaton to respond

James Wilson is contratulated after scoring one of his two tries against Consett last Saturday but his efforts were unable to prevent the Moorenders slipping to defeat against the league's bottom side. Picture: Allan McKenzie
James Wilson is contratulated after scoring one of his two tries against Consett last Saturday but his efforts were unable to prevent the Moorenders slipping to defeat against the league's bottom side. Picture: Allan McKenzie

Cleckheaton will bid to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to bottom of the table Consett when they make the short trip to Morley for another key game in North One East on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

The Moorenders appeared well on course for victory last week as they led Consett 37-20 with just five minutes remaining.

However, the visitors — who had lost their opening 10 matches of the season — staged a dramatic fightback to score three late tries as they snatched a 39-37 win on their first visit to Moorend.

Defeat leaves Cleckheaton just a point above third-bottom Pocklington, while Morley are six points above the Moorenders in ninth place and Thiu Barnard’s side will bid to close that gap with victory at Scatcherd Lane.

Cleck have lost all six games on the road this season but will aim to halt that run, although they must improve discipline if they are to have a chance of claiming the derby bragging rights.

Consett scored four tries while the home side were down to 14 men, having seen two players sin-binned.

The Morley clash heralds the start of an important run of games for Cleck before the halfway point in the season as they host Percy Park in their final home game of 2018 on December 8 before visiting Bradford and Bingley in their last match before Christmas,