Referee injury sees match abandoned

Sponsorship deal: Neil Gillan (CRUFC Chairman), Andrew Caygill (Director of Vancraft and VW Van Centre) and first team captain Richard Piper.
Sponsorship deal: Neil Gillan (CRUFC Chairman), Andrew Caygill (Director of Vancraft and VW Van Centre) and first team captain Richard Piper.

Cleckheaton’s North One East clash at Wheatley Hills last Saturday was abandoned after eight minutes when the referee sustained a serious injury.

South Yorkshire referee Simon Park collided with a player and suffered a fractured patella which required surgery.

Officials from Cleckheaton have been in touch with Mr Park’s family to pass on their best wishes, while the match will be replayed at the same venue on November 16.

Although Cleckheaton have won all five league games, they slipped to third place in the table after wins for Pocklington and West Hartlepool.

Wests beat Driffield 29-0 to move above Cleck on points difference, while Pocklington registered a sixth straight win, beating Malton and Norton 34-5 and top the table.

With the first team game abandoned, it was great to note the progress of Cleckheaton’s three other senior teams.

The Kestrels had a resounding 31-7 bonus point win against Otley with young back row and all round sportsman Jack Seddon scoring a hat-trick of tries.

Victory saw the Kestrels move third in the table, having achieved three bonus point victories out of five games in the County’s premier league for second teams under the management team of Wayne McSwiney, Bob Wilson and Rugby Chairman Neil Gillan, who has also managed to lace his boots and play a game this season.

Cleckheaton thirds had an excellent 29-22 win over Baildon seconds with team manager Richard Simpson taking credit for for his continued hard work over many years in the role.

Cleck fourths secured their third victory of the season, beating Burley seconds 12-5.

The Moorenders have an enviable record of being one of only six clubs in the county to maintain such high numbers of players turning out each week.

Manager and former first team second row Ian Webb follows in a long line of clubmen who have spent hours organising and encouraging players to turn out.

Cleckheaton owe Ian a great deal of thanks for his efforts over a number of years following the previous work of Colin Thompson and Tim Hall for many years before.

Cleckheaton received a further boost by agreeing a new two-year sponsorship deal with VanCraft of Birstall.

The company, run my Andrew Caygill, is a sister company to the Volkswagen Van Centre, who are Cleckheaton’s neighbours at Moorend and both parties look forward to sharing success.