CLECKHEATON RUFC fell to their fourth successive defeat of the season at the hands of Lymm in National League Three North but climbed off bottom thanks to a bonus point.
The Moorenders travelled to Cheshire still searching for their first points of the season and after weathering early pressure from the hosts, Cleckheaton took the lead.
The visitors made the most of a 10 metre lineout and on the second drive Richard Piper crossed the whitewash and grounded the ball. Mike Piper added the conversion.
Lymm kicked a penalty goal to register their first points and after a solid defensive display from Cleckheaton a handling error gifted the Cheshire men possession 20 metres out and Lymm capitalised on the mistake to score a try and go into the break leading 8-7.
Cleckheaton’s poor discipline again was a factor in their loss to Lymm and it was evident throughout the second period.
The hosts added a further penalty to extend their lead on 50 minutes.
But, the visitors showed more resilience than in recent weeks and Ryan Piercy crashed over for an unconverted try to nudge his side a point in front.
Josh Hall also made a positive impact from the bench for Cleckheaton as the visitors camped in Lymm's half for a sustained period.
And the pressure paid off when Jack Seddon gave the Moorenders a 17-10 advantage.
But in repeat of their first three outings Cleckheaton lost concentration and sloppy errors cost them their first win of the season. Lymm scored in the corner after a quick tap from a penalty and the conversion was accurate from the touchline which put the home side 18-17 ahead.
And a breakaway try from Lymm, as Cleckheaton pushed to salvage something from the game, rubbed salt into the visitors’ wounds and rounded of a 23-17 victory.
Cleckheaton can take consolation from collecting their first point of the campaign to climb above Burnage, their opponents this weekend, but they need to cut out careless mistakes if they are to find their first win in National League Three North.