CLECKHEATON fought hard away at promotion hopefuls Hull but poor discipline once again proved costly as the Moorenders lost out 31-16 in National League Three North.
The game was a physical contest in the opening exchanges and there was concern for Cleckheaton winger Gareth Lamb when he went down with a suspected spinal trauma and was air lifted to hospital.
Fortunately Lamb was discharged later the same day without any serious injury.
After the 25-minute stoppage, the away side dominated for a short spell.
Rich Piper and Luke Pearson made impressive inroads and the Hull defence was looking vulnerable.
But Cleckheaton’s pressure evaporated when Paul Turner was red-carded for a clash with Hull’s second row, Dario Jurcevic, who was only sin-binned.
Despite the setback the Moorenders scored the first try of the game through winger Martin Woodhead who crossed in the corner.
And on the stroke of half-time Josh Hall put his side 8-0 ahead with a penalty goal.
In the second half and with a man advantage Hull started to dominate and show their true potential.
Just five minutes in Hull’s Lee Birch touched down in the corner after some nice handling.
Shortly afterwards Cleckheaton scrambled for possession and gave away two penalties. The following offence was punished by the referee and Joey Carley was shown a yellow card.
Minutes later Hull capitalised with a penalty try which was converted by Josh Bragman to give the hosts a 12-8 lead.
But the away side were still within touching distance when Josh Hall’s penalty narrowed the deficit to just one.
Hull did extend their lead to six when they scored an unconverted try, but Cleckheaton were not going to lie down and from a line out close to Hull’s tryline, Piper peeled away from the back of a maul to touch down.
An upset was looking possible and Cleckheaton were spurred on by the prospect, but in search of another try the visitors were left vulnerable at the back.
Two late tries from Hull destroyed any hopes of a comeback and despite holding their own for the majority of the contest Cleckheaton had to return home from East Yorkshire with no points to show for their efforts.