Five-star Cleck RU win again

Five-star Cleck RU win again

CLECKHEATON RUFC won their final away game of the season and with it secured their fifth-straight victory, 14-10 at Percy Park. 

Cleck’s current form pales in comparison to their run at the turn of the year where they went without a win for seven games. 

Wet weather and a heavy pitch greeted Cleck for their first visit to Preston Avenue in five years. 

Percy Park kicked off but were forced to make two changes inside the opening five minutes. 

This weakened the hosts and allowed Cleckheaton to exert pressure in the scrums, which helped them dominate the game. 

The Spen Valley men took the lead with 11 minutes played as a planned move in midfield created a gap for full-back James Wilson to glide through. 

Wilson grounded the ball next to the posts to bag his ninth try of the season, Swetman added the extras. 

A dour but entertaining struggle ensued as the wet conditions made for a number of handling errors. 

Jack Bickerdike proved a constant threat with neat box kicks, keeping Percy Park on the back foot. 

The hosts managed to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time as they kicked a penalty to make it 7-3 at the break. 

The Moorenders continued to dominate in the second half and almost extended their lead but winger Craig Blackburn was held up just short of the line. 

However, 12 minutes into the second half  Cleck got their second try as Matt Piper romped over from 15 metres to take his personal tally for the season into double figures. 

Swetman made no mistake with the conversion to give the visitors an 11-point lead. 

Percy Park began to work their way into the game and put Cleck under pressure but a magnificent defensive effort from the Moorenders kept the hosts at bay. 

The away side conceded several penalties in the closing minutes and were lucky not to concede a penalty try.

Piper was sent to the sin bin with a minute to go as he was adjudged to have not released in the tackle. 

From the resulting penalty, the home side utilised their man advantage as they crashed over for a try which was duly converted. 

Cleckheaton now have two home games to round off the season, starting with the visit of Penrith tomorrow afternoon. 

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