New faces on show for Cleckheaton

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CLECKHEATON will travel to Wheatley Hills for their opening game in North One East tomorrow (3pm) with some new faces involved.

Jack Bickerdike was captain at West Park Leeds last season but since moving to Drighlington he has joined Cleckheaton and after impressing in pre-season games against Pontefract and Percy Park he is in tomorrow’s starting line-up.

Although coach Dave Harrison remains in charge, he will now be assisted by Ian Armitage, who has joined from Old Brods.

Another making the short trip from Hipperholme to Moorend in the close season is former Cleck favourite Oliver Akroyd, who will turn out for the Kestrels tomorrow.

Jonno Marshall misses the trip to Wheatley Hills as he gets married, Pete Murphy is still registered but is living in Cumbria, while Joe Goiti was forced to retire at the age of 25 after suffering a stroke.

Cleckheaton’s selected sides

1stXV at Wheatley Hills, ko 3pm, meet 12.30pm: R Hayden, J Wilson, J Marshall, M Piper, C Blackburn, I Gordon, J Bickerdike, P Turner, S Worsley, C Piper, M Beasty, G Turton, R Piercy, T Brook, R Piper. Replacements: R Bennett, B Thrower, D Freemen. Kestrels v Scunthorpe, ko 3pm, meet 1.45pm: P Horrigan, C Davis, A Stanley, L Bashforth, M Johnson, M Fletcher, L Beasty, L Haigh, R Motlib, L Goldthorpe, D Nolan, N Holland, D Graham, M Sargeant, N Clayton. Replacements: O Akroyd, D Furness, C Mason, B Frazer, J white, J Clarke, C Green.

3rdXV at Airborough, ko 3pm, meet 1.30pm: D Burton, H Bairstow, A McCarthy, S Smith, G Speight, A Edwards, J Duggan, A Lowe, A Porritt, J Porritt, L Ashley, M Wood, J Close, J Summers, M Terry. Replacements: M Womersley, A Womersley, R Simpson, C Aspinall, S Roberts.