Cleckheaton RUFC outclassed by runaway leaders huddersfield

Cleckheaton RUFC outclassed by runaway leaders huddersfield

ON PAPER, injury-hit Cleckheaton RUFC were always going to struggle against unbeaten League Three North leaders Huddersfield, and so it proved with a 62-13 defeat at Moorend last weekend.

Four of Cleckheaton’s first team players were missing through injury, including captain Richard Piper.

As a result Luke Pearson took the armband and in doing so became the youngest Cleck captain ever at just 20 years old.

And under Pearson’s captaincy the hosts took the early lead thanks to a penalty from Ronan Evans.

But Huddersfield, who have yet to drop a single point this season, responded quickly to going behind. Tom Owens was the man with their opening try and Chris Bell added the conversion.

Huddersfield gained confidence after going ahead and soon extended their advantage with another converted try.

But Evans was on target with a second penalty to reduce the hosts’ deficit to 14-6.

The eight-point margin did not last long though, as Bell added a penalty goal for the visitors before converting a try from Nick Sharpe.

Things then got worse for Cleck when Ryan Piercy was sin-binned in the closing stages of the first half.

Huddersfield capitalised on their man advantage when Lewis Workmen squeezed in at the corner for his side’s fourth touchdown.

Cleckheaton were not done, though. They battled hard for field position before Evans put James Wilson through a large gap to score under the sticks and Evans added the extras to keep Cleck within 20 points of their opponents at the break.

But the home side struggled after the restart and Huddersfield were responsible for all of the second-half scoring.

Huddersfield added a penalty and another four converted tries with Conway getting two and Rhodes and Hoyle getting one each.

Bell converted all of them to bring the final score to a one-sided looking 62-13.

Cleckheaton hope to bounce back when they travel to high-flyers Wirral tomorrow (Sat, 2.15pm).

Share this post