Cleckheaton gift YMCA the win at the death

CLECKHEATON gifted all the points to Huddersfield YMCA in the final minute of their National League Three North fixture which ended 32-31.

Cleckheaton didn't make the most of their home advantage in the opening exchanges, and they went behind to a Simon Wilson penalty goal.

But the hosts bounced back well and played promising looking Rugby during the next 20 minutes.

Paul Turner turned the dominance into points when he scooted over the line  following Jack Bickerdike's pass. Mike Piper added the conversion.

This was closely followed by a well worked Lee Queeley try, who crossed the whitewash despite some desperate last ditch defending from YM. The conversion attempt struck the post, but Cleck were leading 12-3.

But the Moorenders' ill discipline was costing them valuable field position as they gave away needless penalties.

The mistakes proved costly when Wilson went in for his sides opening try of the game.

But Cleckheaton hit straight back with some forward drives. A YM infringement saw the hosts take a quick tap penalty and set up a maul which Ryan Piercy steered over for a try. Piper's conversion gave Cleckheaton a 19-10 advantage.

But YM hit back once more capitalising on a knock on which led to a try from Adam Ryder. Wilson added the extras to leave the game poised at half-time with the score 19-17 in the hosts favour.

Early in the second period the away side took the lead for the first time when Ryder went over for his second try which Wilson converted.

But the game was anyone's as both teams looked like scoring tries and Piper went over soon after to restore the hosts lead.

This was followed by Piercy's second touchdown of the afternoon to further extend Cleckheaton's advantage.

But Wilson continued to prove a threat with the boot and narrowed the Moorenders lead to just four.

Cleckheaton looked to have done enough to win the match and leapfrog YM in the table, but a lack of judgement and simple failure to run down the clock led to a YM try which handed them victory and the John Bower Trophy with no time left on the clock.

The defeat means Cleckheaton remain second from bottom in the table.


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