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Sat 10 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - North One East Full time

Morpeth 39 – 3 Cleckheaton

Cleckheaton lose out to table toppers

Cleckheaton made their 2nd of three trips in four weeks to Northumbria to face table toppers Morpeth. The Spen Valley men seemed unaffected by the two and a half hour journey as they started the game in top gear, getting on the front foot from the kick off and pressurising their opposition. Ball retention was good and the decision making was right on the game plan. Cleckheaton made their way up field and had a good 10 minute spell in Morpeth’s 22 before winning a penalty under the sticks, which Mike Swetman converted into 3 points as Cleckheaton took an early lead.

From this bright beginning it largely went down hill for Cleckheaton. Morpeth levelled the scores on the 20 minute mark with a penalty of their own. A few minutes later they doubled their tally with a second successful shot at goal from stand-off, Ben Hornby. The game was still in the balance but Cleck were starting to collect injuries with lock, Thiu Barnard, having to leave the field with a groin strain, pushing Paul Turner backwards into the second row. A few minutes before half time Cleck conceded another penalty close to their line, which was quickly tapped by Morpeth for their opening try. As Hornby lined up another successful conversion, Ryan Piercy had to be helped from the field with a bad ankle injury that may keep him side-lined for a few weeks. This left Cleckheaton trailing 13-3 at the whistle and facing the second half without either of their 2nd rows.

The next 40 minutes were amongst the most forgettable of the season from a Cleckheaton point of view as Morpeth racked up 4 more tries, 3 of which were converted, without response from Cleckheaton. The West Yorkshire men started to back bite at each other and chelp at the referee as the penalty count grew evermore in Morpeth’s favour. The home side meanwhile, went through their plays and opened up a way to Cleck’s line every 10 minutes or so. Sam Hornby claimed a hat-trick for the Northumbrian team and Shippen added the last try on the 70th minute. At the final whistle Cleckheaton’s players left the field dejected at the team’s performance. The effort on the whole was less than they are capable of and their mental toughness waned in the second half. There was a couple of exceptions with Mikey Hayward picking up Cleckheaton’s man of the match being ever willing to take the opposition on and constantly asking questions of their defence. The other bright note was the debut of Grant Fitzsimmons who joined the club recently and who played with great determination and enthusiasm throughout. He was a late call up to the side after the withdrawal of James Wilson on medical grounds. James still remains in hospital with his illness and Cleckheaton RUFC wish him a speedy recovery.

Morpeth v Cleckheaton 10/02/2018
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Key moments

10:08
Penalty Michael Swetman kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
10:47
Penalty Penalty kicked for Morpeth
16:34
Penalty Penalty kicked for Morpeth
16:38
Try Try for Morpeth
17:47
Conversion Conversion for Morpeth
42:19
Try Try for Morpeth
43:29
Conversion Conversion for Morpeth
49:40
Try Try for Morpeth
50:40
Conversion Conversion for Morpeth
59:53
Try Try for Morpeth
60:55
Conversion Conversion for Morpeth
62:55
Try Try for Morpeth

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Morpeth v Cleckheaton 10/02/2018
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62:55 Try 39 - 3
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60:55 Conversion 34 - 3
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43:29 Conversion 20 - 3
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16:34 Penalty 6 - 3
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10:47 Penalty 3 - 3
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  • Michael Swetman Penalty 10:08'
  • Penalty 10:47'
  • Penalty 16:34'
  • Try 16:38'
  • Conversion 17:47'
  • Try 42:19'
  • Conversion 43:29'
  • Try 49:40'
  • Conversion 50:40'
  • Try 59:53'
  • Conversion 60:55'
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1. Alnwick 26 102
2. Driffield 26 97
3. Penrith 26 90
4. West Leeds 26 90
5. Morpeth 26 79
6. Cleckheaton 26 71
7. Bridlington 26 66

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