True grit – Moorenders dig deep for a Waterloo victory

True grit – Moorenders dig deep for a Waterloo victory

CLECKHEATON RUFC overturned a 17-point deficit as they fought back to secure a 28-24 victory at home to Firwood Waterloo. 

Cleck now sit four points clear of the bottom three after Danny Vento’s try in the final minutes of the game secured the bonus point win.

Waterloo were first on the board as Tom Lovell went in for a try.

Lovell broke down the centre of the field and was too quick for the Cleckheaton back line. Liam Reeve added the conversion.

Richard Piper replied for the Moorenders as he barged his way over the line from the back of a close-range scrum.

Firwood showed the pace of their back line as Lovell and Reeve both went over after rounding tackles, and Reeve converted both scores to give the visitors a 21-7 half-time lead.

Firwood asserted their dominance further 10 minutes into the second half as Reeve made it four from four with the boot as he added a penalty goal.

With Cleckheaton’s survival in the division hanging by a thread the Moorenders overturned the points deficit in the last 30 minutes.

Vento scored his first of two tries after the Cleck forwards rumbled their way into a good position.

The ball was spread to Vento from the ruck who dummied the ball to Josh Hall before stepping inside to score.

Jack Seddon reduced the deficit further as he stretched to score in the corner, and Ross Hayden added the conversion from the touchline to reduce the gap to three points.

With only two minutes left on the clock James Wilson looked to have got the ball down, but Vento picked the ball up and put it down further over the line.

The try was met by rapturous applause from the Cleckheaton faithful.

The victory moves Cleckheaton nine points clear of Firwood with three games left to play, and a shock win for Doncaster Phoenix over Kendal makes Cleck’s win all the more important.

The Moorenders face a difficult test as they face unbeaten league leaders Huddersfield at Lockwood Park tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

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