CLECKHEATON put up a fight against Sheffield, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to a 14-5 defeat in National League Three North.
In a scrappy encounter, which saw six yellow cards brandished by the referee, Sheffield took the lead through Jonny France following a catch and drive from a line out deep in Cleckheaton territory. Jimmy Pearson converted.
And whilst trailing the Moorenders found themselves down to 13 players for a period of the game after James Wilson and Mark Chivers were sin-binned within two minutes of one another.
Sheffield capitalised on their numerical advantage and made it 14-0 shortly afterwards.
France and Jimmy Pearson again registering the try and conversion for the hosts.
In the second period Cleckheaton played with real determination as they fight a relegation battle.
The visitors’ pressure on the Sheffield line finally paid off when Jack Seddon went over for an unconverted try.
And with five minutes left Cleckheaton had a penalty 30 metres out which was missed.
Had it gone over the Moorenders would have been within six points of Sheffield and collected a bonus point for their efforts.
The missed kick could prove costly come the end of the season, but the Moorenders continued to battle to the very end against Sheffield.
It is something they will have to do in every game from now to the end of the season if they are to avoid the drop.
Cleckheaton were once again hampered by errors and poor discipline in this contest.
They will look to rectify that problem against Lymm tomorrow (3pm), a side who have won their last four games, but in the league’s reverse fixture Lymm only just scraped a victory over Cleckheaton.
The Moorenders remain third from bottom after the defeat.
Meanwhile the Cleckheaton Kestrels lost to Sheffield Seconds last weekend 26-19 in the Yorkshire Merit League Premiership.
The win extends Sheffield’s lead at the top off the table while Cleckheaton occupy sixth place.