Record at home is key to Cleck’s promotion quest

Matt Piper had a try disallowed but did set up one for Ross Hayden against Wheatley Hills.
Matt Piper had a try disallowed but did set up one for Ross Hayden against Wheatley Hills.

Cleckheaton are banking on their superb home form to carry them to promotion success in North One East this season.

The league leaders have taken maximum points from their opening four home matches this season and with nine of their remaining 16 league games to be played at Moorend, they are in an excellent position to mount a sustained onslaught on the title.

Last week’s 25-13 victory in their game in hand at Wheatley Hills saw Cleck open up an eight point lead over second placed Huddersfield YMCA as they prepare to entertain lowly Northern tomorrow (ko 2.15pm).

Cleckheaton have scored 144 points in their four home games this time and conceded just 38 and you wouldn’t back against them registering another bonus-point win against Northern.

With YMCA away to fourth placed West Hartlepool, Cleck could further extend their advantage at the top.

Matt Piper didn’t manage to get among the scorers in the win at Wheatley Hills but he was unfortunate to have a try disallowed, while the inside centre also played a key role in setting up one of Ross Hayden’s scores.

Weekend selected sides (kick offs 2.15pm)

1stXV v Northern, meet 12.45pm: R Hayden, C Blackburn, J Wilson, Matt Piper, M Woodhead, Michael Piper, J Bickerdike, P Turner, B Thrower, A Piper, G Turton, R Piercy, R Afoa Paterson, O Akroyd, R Piper. Reps: C Piper, A Dawson, J Seddon.

Kestrels at Selby, meet noon: C Burnhill, H Bairstow, A Tillotson, T Brooke, G Speight, J Toulson, L Beasty, M Hadfield, J Crowther, M Sowden, M Beasty, N Holland, C Brannan, R Brown, J White. Reps: M Fletcher, R Motlib, L Goldthorpe, W Denham. 3rdXV v Selby, meet 1.15pm: C Green, Reese, A Edwards, S Smith, J Ward, R Noble, A Lowe, A Porritt, A Corfield, M Wood, L Ashley, N Jackson, E Hallas, R Simpson. Reps: R Lowe, J Sheridan, M Womersley.

4thXV at Selby, meet 12.15pm: B Womersley, A Brown, C Aspinall, C Duirkin, B Thornton, J Perks, N Lazenby, M Blakely, P Manning, D Howe, J Womersley, M Nicholson, A Clough, A Tilby-Baxter, D Webb. Rep D McGuigan.