YORKSHIRE CUP progression and a superb 26-14 victory over arch-rivals Morley provided an ideal end to Cleckheaton’s pre-season preparations.
With their North One East campaign set to get underway this weekend the Moorenders were desperate to complete a perfect dress rehearsal.
And new head coach Ian Armitage was left throughly impressed.
The visitors dominated for the much of the opening half-hour, three well-constructed tries providing Cleckheaton with total control.
Morley battled back either side of the break, but were left with too much to do as Armitage’s men kicked on to record a comfortable win.
Richard Piper, who broke the club’s try-scoring record last term, opened his and Cleckheaton’s account early in the first half.
Ross Hayden and James Marshall added to the visitors’tally before the half-hour, the former adding extras to all three tries for an untouched 21-point lead.
Hosts Morley hit back on 36 minutes through hooker Kyle Scott, Charlie Spon-Smith converting.
And the hosts continued from where they had left off after the interval, threatening to overturn Cleckheaton’s advantage.
Bradley Marshall grabbed their second try early in the second half and Mark Chester landed the conversion, narrowing the gap to just seven points.
However excellent work from player-assistant coach Rob Afoa-Peterson laid the platform for an Oliver Akroyd touchdown, which effectively sealed the away side’s success.