Superb Cleckheaton snatch victory

CLECKHEATON produced a late fightback to snatch an 1817 victory over Malton & Norton.

Malton took advantage of the home side's initial lethargy and scored three firsthalf tries trough Ian Cooke, Ali Heard and Nick Salisbury.

Seventeen points down at the break, Cleckheaton appeared to be dead and buried.

However, they regained composure and began to work their way back into the tie shortly after the restart.

Lineout possession won by Matt Beasty was driven to the line and Richard Piper was awarded the try.

Five minutes later, excellent handling sent in winger Martin Woodhead for another try and shortly after a break for an injury, Cleckheaton launched another attack.

And Joe Goiti squeezed in at the corner, sending the Moorend crowd wild.

Intensity increased and the home were handed a chance to take the lead for the first time. 

Iain Gordon was wide with his penalty attempt with nine minutes left but the same player had the chance to take the plaudits.

Gordon opted to attempt a difficult touchline kick and his effort sailed through over edging his side into the ascendancy. 

Cleckheaton held off a late charge from the visitors to claim the two points.

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