CLECKHEATON RUFC were dumped out of the Yorkshire Cup at the hands of Hull, who ran out comfortable 23-5 winners at Chanterlands Avenue.
The cup was used by both sides as a warm-up to the new National League Three North campaign but so far Hull look like the side who will hit the ground running when the league season gets underway this weekend.
The hosts went ahead after two minutes but the Moorenders hit back with a try from Tom Austin following a good line-out.
But despite Cleck’s dominance in the first half they were still trailing at half-time and a penalty goal from the hosts before the break didn’t help Cleck’s chances of finding a win.
In the second half Cleckheaton threw everything at the Hull defence but the hosts remained watertight.
A couple of breakaways from Hull led to two converted penalties which gave the hosts an 11-point lead.
Despite the set back the visitors did their best to get back into the game by demonstrating good strength and handling skill.
But Cleck were ultimately hit with a sucker punch five minutes from time when Hull’s Lee Brown, formerly of Cleckheaton, went over for another try and in doing so sealed victory for his side.
Cleck now aim to get off to a strong start against Lymm tomorrow (September 3, 3pm) in their opening game of the National League Three North season. The Moorenders are aiming to pose a significant challenge in the division following a poor start to last year’s campaign.