Cleck RU thrashed by Rossendale

Cleck RU thrashed by Rossendale

CLECKHEATON RUFC were heavily beaten 57-15 away at Rossendale in National League Three North.

Rossendale dominated from start to finish with pace and power across the pitch.

Cleckheaton’s best period of the game came in the opening 10 minutes when the visitors camped inside Rossendale’s 22.

The hosts’ defence was solid, however, and when Cleck spilled the ball the home side capitalised with an attack, which led to the game’s first try courtesy of Curtis Strong. Steve Nutt added the converison.

The Moorenders soon went further behind when Rossendale turned over a scrum, which led to a try for Dominic Moon. Nutt was on target with the conversion.

Rob Foxen was next to bag a try for the hosts after Cleckheaton spilled the ball 30 metres out. The pacy winger kicked on twice before gathering the ball and completing a 70 metre sprint to the line.

Shortly afterwards George Peel added Rossendale’s bonus-point try to end a demoralising 30 minutes for the visitors. Nutt’s third successful conversion gave his side a commanding 26-0 lead.

Cleckheaton did hit back before half-time when Iain Gordon’s chip over the defence was collected by Josh Hall for a try in the corner.

Gordon missed the conversion, but he did redeem himself with a penalty goal on the stroke of half-time.

Despite trailing 26-8 Cleck were still in with a chance of salvaging something from the game as the second period got underway.

But any faint hopes the visiting fans had were quickly extinguished when Ryan McKibbin touched down at the back of a rolling maul following a five-metre scrum.

Richard Piper showed grit and determination to force his way over and make it 31-15 with Gordon’s conversion, but the Moorenders had little to offer after that.

Rossendale ran riot in the closing stages crossing for another four unanswered tries and reaching nine in total for the game.

The Marl Pitts side have been in tremendous form this season and have now scored 30 tries in their last three outings.

Cleckheaton slipped to 10th due to the defeat and they hope for a better outcome when they face fifth-placed Sandal (Saturday October 8, 3pm).

The victory moved Rossendale up to fourth.

Elsewhere the Kestrels kept the club in good cheer with a Yorkshire Premier Merit League win over the reserves of National League One team Hull Ionians.

Tries for Craig Blackburn, Matthew Hadfield, Ben Thrower and Brad Marsden secured the five league points and three conversions from Ronan Evans brought the final score to 26-12 for the second string.

The victory puts the Kestrels in fourth place in the Yorkshire Premiership after the first month of action.

Cleckheaton Fourths also enjoyed a 26-14 win over Old Crossleyans Seconds in their latest outing.

Cleckheaton’s Veterans side was also in action for the first time against Rossendale Vets.

The ageing Cleck side won the game 27-12 with Andy Corfield, Kevin Enright, Nick Wagstaff, Mick Howard and Jake Grimsdale all crossing the whitewash.

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