Cleckheaton mourned a lack of discipline as they suffered their first defeat at Moorend in North East One, going down 19-8 to West Leeds.
A red card for Josh Plunkett 10 minutes into the second half proved costly and tipped an extremely close game in West Leeds’ favour.
The Moorenders welcomed back Jack Bickerdike after he fractured his thumb during a warm-up game in mid-August.
A downpour of rain before kick-off made for a scrappy affair, with both teams struggling to hold onto the ball.
West Leeds took the lead with a penalty kick after the referee penalised Cleck for infringement 30 metres from their line.
Mike Swetman levelled the scores in similar fashion before Leeds kicker Dale Breakwell added his second three-pointer of the afternoon.
The hosts then went ahead as Jack Seddon squeezed over for a try in the corner.
Seddon broke down the wing before finding Bickerdike on the inside, the returning scrum-half shrugged off the West Leeds defender before giving the ball back to Seddon who touched down.
Cleck’s lead lasted only a few minutes as they conceded another penalty for infringement, Breakwell made no mistake in converting the penalty kick.
Plunkett was dismissed for punching with 50 minutes on the clock, making the hosts’ task all the more difficult.
Down to 14 men, Cleckheaton responded strongly with Matt Piper going close.
After sustaining the pressure the visitors worked their way up the field and kicked another penalty goal to extend their lead.
As West Leeds continued to push forward try-scorer Seddon was sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle.
The away side had several chances to seal the win but Cleck defended admirably with 13 men.
West Leeds did eventually penetrate the defence as they went in for a try underneath the posts.
Breakwell maintained his 100 per cent record from the kicking tee to stretch the advantage to 11 points.
The hosts were restored to 14 men with five minutes to play and tried to post enough points to earn a losing bonus point but it wasn’t to be as the referee brought proceedings to a close.
Cleckheaton welcome Alnwick to Moorend tomorrow afternoon in what is expected to be a tight contest.