Cleck romp home to claim fourth straight league win

Cleck romp home to claim fourth straight league win
Photo: Gerald Christian 

CLECKHEATON powered to a fourth straight win in league action by putting Percy Park to the sword at windy Moorend (47-14). 

Cleck welcomed flanker Joey Carley back to the team after injury and Ben Etchells started in the second row alongside Josh Plunkett. Ben Dearing was on the bench with Archie Rika-Rayne and Chris Piper.

Park kicked off but the ball flew directly over the touchline. Cleckheaton took the scrum option and drove the visitors back, setting a tone for the day.

A terrific arm wrestle was developing with neither team willing to yield field position and there was very little to choose between the teams in the opening 20 minutes.

The first score of the game went to Cleckheaton on 21 minutes. A strong run by Matt Piper saw him pop a pass to Olly Depledge and the centre drew the final defender to put James Wilson over for his sixth try of the season. Dale Breakwell added the goal. 

Cleckheaton were starting to gain the upper hand, Park were guilty of coughing up possession in close quarter exchanges and with solid defence they could not make much ground. 

On 37 minutes Depledge was on the end of a sweeping move and he crossed for his fifth try of the season, Breakwell goaled and Cleckheaton led 14-0. 

Jack Marshall should have added a third try when a loose ball was kicked downfield, he tried to control the ball but he knocked on near the tryline.

On the stroke of half-time, Plunkett won ball at the lineout and offloaded to flanker Tom Lillicrop who stormed away to cross for his first try for the team, Breakwell added a third successful kick from a difficult angle to make it 21-0 at half-time.

Cleckheaton went further ahead when Marshall went on a run down the right touchline and crossed in the corner for a fine individual try. 

Percy Park opened their account on 47 minutes with a try scored by Michael Langlands after a well-controlled rolling maul.

Jack Seddon, who was having a fine game, gathered the kick-off restart and went on a defence-scattering run, Depledge gathered the final pass and scampered away for his second try of the game.

Seddon was able to gather another restart and galloped away downfield, the ball eventually ended up in the hands of Mike Hayward who crossed for his 12th try of the season.

Park got a second try when Leo Caulfield crossed after a determined charge, their kick was good and it was 40-14. 

Play was on the Cleckheaton 10-metre line when the home side won the turnover ball, which squirted out of the ruck and Marshall was on the ball in a flash.

He gathered and ran half the length of the field to touch down under the posts, and Breakwell added another goal. 

Plunkett spent 10 minutes on the naughty step along with a Percy Park replacement on 68 minutes after a minor exchange of views and Lillicrop joined him seven minutes later.

Park tried to take advantage of the extra man but there were some weary bodies out there and the final score was 47-14. It was a big win for Cleck who move into third place after Morley lost heavily at home to York. 

Seddon and Lillicrop walked away with the man of the match awards after outstanding performances.

Cleckheaton are away at Huddersfield YMCA tomorrow (kick-off 2.15pm) and will look to consolidate their league position.

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