Poor discipline sees Cleckheaton allow win to slip from their grasp

James Wilson dives over to score one of his two tries against Consett but his efforts were not enough to prevent Cleckheaton slipping to a 39-37 defeat in North One East last Saturday. Picture: Allan McKenzie
James Wilson dives over to score one of his two tries against Consett but his efforts were not enough to prevent Cleckheaton slipping to a 39-37 defeat in North One East last Saturday. Picture: Allan McKenzie

Cleckheaton threw away the chance of victory in their first ever meeting with Consett last Saturday as North One East’s bottom side secured a first win of the season, leaving Moorend 39-37 victors.

Cleckheaton seemed in control, leading 37-20, but conceded three tries in a frantic final five minutes to throw the game away.

Mike Swetman returned to outside half with Ronan Evans switching to the wing, while Joey Carley took over at hooker with Tim Mobbs ruled out with a neck injury and Ben Thrower unavailable.

Cleckheaton started well and a good move by Swetman and Matt Piper put Danny Booth clear on the left wing to score.

Consett had failed to win in 10 league games but their enthusiasm with ball started to put Cleck under pressure.

Fly half Alex Paulus sliced through some poor defence to score wide on the left and Cook added the extras.

Jack Seddon was then shown a yellow card for a high tackle and after the Consett pack secured possession, prop Connor forced his way over from close range to put them 12-5 ahead.

The numerical advantage meant gaps were appearing in Cleckheaton’s defence and another try was added on 35 minutes through centre Dan Patchcott.

Once Cleckheaton were restored to full complement, Mikey Hayward worked some space down the right and jinked his way over for a fine try.

Booth then got into space and added his second try to reduce the half-time arrears to 17-15.

Cleckheaton’s pack rumbled forward at the start of the second half and Joey Carley forced his way over for his first league try of the season. Swetman converted as the home side edged in front.

Cleck had scored 17 points in a seven minutes spell and could have gone further ahead when replacement Will Denham powered to the line only to halted by a last ditch tackle. Plunkett then knocked on diving for the line.

Cook landed a simple penalty for Consett after Cleck were caught offside.

James Wilson replied a great try supporting Booth and Hayward. Swetman converted and then kicked a penalty to put Cleck 32-20 ahead.

Wilson looked to have sealed victory with his second try of the afternoon after Consett failed to clear their lines.

Cleckheaton were now 17 points ahead and their prospects of victory were strengthened when Consett were reduced to 14 men, with Connor sent to the sin bin.

Cleckheaton were unable to add to their score during this 10 minutes but with only six minutes remaining it didn’t seem a necessity.

Consett, back at full strength, went in for what seemed like a consolation try to take the score to 37-25.

Cleck were then reduced to 14 men for a second time when Booth was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.

Consett created a gap for full-back Cook to score to the left of the posts, Paulus took the quick conversion to set up a grandstand finish at 37-32

On 80 minutes Alex Paulus sliced through some shocking defence to score between the posts, Cook added the conversion to heap misery on Cleckheaton.

Consett had shown the desire to win right to the end, while Cleckheaton sat on their lead and coughed up three valuable league points as a result.

Cleckheaton’s discipline had let them down once again as the opposition scored four tries and two conversions during the spells when they were down to 14 men.