Trio sign for in-form Cleck

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ollie marns (210534)

CLECKHEATON have strengthened their squad by signing three new players this week.

Vastly experienced dual code centre Ollie Marns has joined and goes straight into the squad to face Darlington in North One East tomorrow (kick-off 2.15pm), while Ryan Glynn and Josh Malkinson will play for the Kestrels at West Park Leeds but could be in line to make their senior debuts the following week.

Marns played in Super League for Halifax and also had a spell with Batley Bulldogs, while he has union experience in the National Leagues with Halifax.

Marns has been playing with Siddall in the National Conference but following their play-off semi-final defeat last week, he has returned to union and joined the Moorenders.

Former Dewsbury Rams professional Glynn had a spell in union a few years ago and was due to register with Cleckheaton last night, having recently completed his RL campaign with Conference outfit Shaw Cross Sharks.

Cleckheaton coach Dave Harrison sees Glynn as a winger, centre or full-back, as competition for places really hots up.

Malkinson is a 6ft 4in tall second rower from West Park Leeds, who comes highly recommended by current Cleck scrum-half Jack Bickerdike and he will make an early return to his former club with the Kestrels tomorrow.

Cleck are on a great run having won four of their last five league games, while they also progressed to the Yorkshire Cup quarter-finals last Saturday with a terrific 54-7 win over Harrogate.

Although Marns will start on the bench tomorrow, Harrison has vowed to give the new man plenty of game time against a Darlington side who have lost all 10 league games, conceding 607 points in the process.

Cleck are sixth but just six points behind third placed Sheffield and a handsome bonus point win could help close that gap.

Cleckheaton weekend sides

1stXV v Darlington, kick off 2.15pm, meet TBA: R Hayden, J Wilson, Jonathon Marshall, M Piper, M Woodhead, I Gordon, J Bickerdike, P Turner, R Bennett, C Piper, D Nolan, G Turton, R Piercy, R Piper, O Akroyd. Replacements: A Piper, O Marns.

Kestrels at West Park Leeds, kick off 2.15pm, meet 12.15pm: T Brooke, C Blackburn, James Marshall, G Lamb, P Horrigan, J Toulson, L Beasty, L Goldthorpe, R Motlib, L Haigh, C Mason, M Beasty, D Graham, J Seddon, N Clayton. Replacements: T Crewe, C Brannan, J White, L Bashforth, W Denham.

3rdXV at Old Otliensians 2ndXI, kick off 2.15pm, meet 12.15pm: A McCarthy, A Stanley A Edwards, J Ward, H Bairstow, J Duggan, R Noble, M Hadfield, J Porritt, A Lowe, J Womersley, M Womersley, J Summers, L Ashley, M Wood. Replacements: R Simpson, A Womersley, C Davis, S Smith, K Enright.

4thXV no game