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1st XV - Match centre

Cleckheaton
Northern
Unknown (2), J Plunkett, M Swetman, R Evans, J Wilson, M Hayward, T Barnard
Full time
Unknown, Matthews, Tang, Baty
Unknown, M Swetman (5)
Wilson
Sat 28 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - North One East

Match Report: Cleckheaton 52 – 22 Northern

Eight Try Haul

After last week’s disappointing display at Dinnington, Head Coach, Thiu Barnard, asked the Cleckheaton 1st team squad to critique their own performance and respond accordingly during this week’s game against Northern. The tactic and period of self-reflection clearly had the desired effect as Cleckheaton looked a much more determined and much more effective force, which romped to an eight try victory over their opponents from Newcastle.

Jack Seddon opened the scoring for Cleckheaton after only 3 minutes, tip-toeing down the left touchline following a good set piece drive from the forwards. Mikey Hayward did the same down the right touchline just a few minutes later on the back of good work from Matt Piper and Liam Darville. Mike Swetman converted one of these scores to give the home side a 12-0 lead. Northern hit back with a try of their own but any hope of getting back into the game was short-lived as Man of the Match, Josh Plunkett went in for Cleckheaton’s 3rd try following a nice off-load by Luke Pearson. Swetman guaranteed that the Spen Valley men would get at least one point from the game when he crashed over from short range for Cleck’s bonus point try. He also added the extras. Ronan Evans then finished off a great first half display with a champagne moment, taking a high pass out on the right wing, chipping over his opposite number and winning the race to touch the ball down in the corner. To put the icing on the cake Swetman converted from the touchline straight into the howling gale that had engulfed the Moorend ground. At the interval the game was all but in the bag at 31-5

Northern had other ideas though and shortly after the re-start stated their intention with a well taken try and conversion. Cleckheaton upped the ante and pressurised their opponents at every opportunity. Niall Jackson and Ryan Piercy put in a few big shots but Paul Turner got the hit of the day for a superb tackle. With Northern pinned in their own 22, a clearance kick that held in the wind was fielded by Hayward and he drew the defence before putting James Wilson in for another Cleckheaton try. Wilson then returned the compliment after making a break 40m out and feeding Hayward back on the inside for the flying wingman to get his second of the day.

Cleckheaton v Northern 28/10/2017
46 photos

With the scoreboard reading 45-12 the result was beyond doubt but Northern were rewarded for not throwing in the towel with another try. Barnard then brought himself on to make his Cleckheaton debut and also introduced Colt, Bailey Smith, for his first appearance in the 1st XV. Barnard made an immediate impact and after a couple good ruck clearances hit a great running line to crash over for Cleckheaton’s eighth try of the match, Swetman converting. Well into the last 10 minutes Northern’s tenacity paid off when they went in for another try, their 4th of the day, which meant they would also get a league point for their efforts.

This was a much improved performance from Cleckheaton, which propelled them to 7th in the table and they now need to establish some consistency during their trip to County Durham to face Hartlepool this Saturday.

Key moments

4:01
Try Try for Cleckheaton
7:29
Try Try for Northern
19:32
Try Try for Cleckheaton
20:46
Conversion Conversion for Cleckheaton
29:01
Try Josh Plunkett scores for Cleckheaton
29:44
Conversion Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
33:57
Try Michael Swetman scores for Cleckheaton
36:09
Try Ronan Evans scores for Cleckheaton
37:06
Conversion Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
49:38
Try James Wilson scores for Cleckheaton
50:45
Conversion Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
50:58
Try Matthews scores for Northern
51:44
Conversion Wilson kicks a conversion for Northern
54:36
Try Mike Hayward scores for Cleckheaton
55:19
Conversion Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
56:20
Try Tang scores for Northern
59:02
Try Thiu Barnard scores for Cleckheaton
60:04
Conversion Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
70:57
Try Baty scores for Northern

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Cleckheaton v Northern 28/10/2017
46 photos

Highlights

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70:57 Try 52 - 22
Baty scores for Northern Watch the video
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60:04 Conversion 52 - 17
Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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59:02 Try 50 - 17
Thiu Barnard scores for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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56:20 Try 45 - 17
Tang scores for Northern Watch the video
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55:19 Conversion 45 - 12
Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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54:36 Try 43 - 12
Mike Hayward scores for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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51:44 Conversion 38 - 12
Wilson kicks a conversion for Northern Watch the video
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50:58 Try 38 - 10
Matthews scores for Northern Watch the video
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50:45 Conversion 38 - 5
Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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49:38 Try 36 - 5
James Wilson scores for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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End of period 1
37:06 Conversion 31 - 5
Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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36:09 Try 29 - 5
Ronan Evans scores for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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33:57 Try 24 - 5
Michael Swetman scores for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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29:44 Conversion 19 - 5
Michael Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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29:01 Try 17 - 5
Josh Plunkett scores for Cleckheaton Watch the video
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20:46 Conversion 12 - 5
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19:32 Try 10 - 5
Try for Cleckheaton
7:29 Try 5 - 5
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5:00 Missed Conversion
Michael Swetman misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
4:01 Try 5 - 0
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  • Cleckheaton
  • Northern
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  • Try 4:01'
  • Try 7:29'
  • Try 19:32'
  • Conversion 20:46'
  • Josh Plunkett Try 29:01'
  • Michael Swetman Conversion 29:44'
  • Michael Swetman Try 33:57'
  • Ronan Evans Try 36:09'
  • Michael Swetman Conversion 37:06'
  • James Wilson Try 49:38'
  • Michael Swetman Conversion 50:45'
  • Matthews Try 50:58'
  • Wilson Conversion 51:44'
  • Mike Hayward Try 54:36'
  • Michael Swetman Conversion 55:19'
  • Tang Try 56:20'
  • Thiu Barnard Try 59:02'
  • Michael Swetman Conversion 60:04'
  • Baty Try 70:57'

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Bridlington 10 31
7. Malton & Norton 10 27
8. Cleckheaton 10 26
9. Bradford & Bingley 10 23
10. Percy Park 10 19
11. Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 10 18
12. Dinnington 10 17

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