Cleckheaton RU lie bottom after heavy home loss

Cleckheaton RU lie bottom after heavy home loss

Cleckheaton’s search for a win this season continues after they were comfortably beaten 41-12 at home to table toppers Sheffield Tigers in National League Three North.

As with last week’s defeat to Huddersfield YMCA, Cleckheaton started the brighter creating some good opportunities against Sheffield.

The South Yorkshire side struggled to get out of their own half in the opening exchanges, but after they found a footing in the game there was no looking back.

Jamie Broadley was first to score for the visitors when he broke from just outside his own 22 to outpace the hosts defence and touchdown under the sticks.

Mark Ireland converted and then added a penalty to give the South Yorkshire men a 10-0 lead.

Number eight Nick Pearson increased the Tigers’ score with another try, breaking from the back of a scrum, but this time the conversion was missed.

Cleckheaton’s pack had a period of dominance, camping on the Tigers’ line for an extended period and they looked certain to score from a driven maul, only for the referee to award the Tigers a penalty after a player joined the push from the side, which meant the visitors led 15-0 at the break.Cleckheaton started the second period brightly, playing to their strengths and keeping the ball tight.

Tom Austin performed well and Richard Piper was always a handful for the opposition, but once again a Cleckheaton infringement undid all their hard work.

Shortly afterwards the away side scored again to put the game beyond doubt after Lee Monks finished off a well-worked try in the corner.

Sam Walker narrowed the deficit slightly after he touched down out wide.

But Ed Simmons soon enhanced the Tigers’ lead to make it 27-5.

The Moorenders battled hard though and scored again through Jack Bickerdike. Mike Piper converted.

Cleckheaton pushed for two more tries in a bid to earn bonus points, but it wasn’t to be as Sheffield scored two more converted tries in the last 10 minutes from Liam Wallace and Pearson.

Cleckheaton fell to their third defeat in as many games, leaving them  stranded at the foot of the table.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Tigers are three points clear at the top.

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