Cleckheaton Under 15s welcome YMCA & Keighley to Moorend
After last week’s vintage performance, away at Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. We, the parents were expecting another ‘thrashing’ of our Kirklees neighbours, but Y.M.C.A. had other ideas, and that was revenge, and they nearly did it.
Y.M.C.A. started the game in a very positive way, putting Cleckheaton on the back foot. Cleckheaton looked like they were trying to up their game and cycle through their gears, so to speak, but handling errors let us down. The forwards sometimes did a reasonably good job, and then decided to go for a cup of tea, leaving others to fill in.
Our scrum was decent at times and our rucking was okay, but again we were slow to back up our man running with the ball. Tom produced a few good runs, making some yardage, along with Scoffer with the stalwart Jack trying on more than one occasion the bulldoze his way the oppos’ front row.
Our man Sam ‘Clint’ Eastwood had a couple of good runs, head down and charging through on the wing, but Y.M.C.A. had numbers onto him, Dan the man, tried his cross field runs, but Y.M.C.A. defended well. New man Josh played well pulling off some good tackles, with Huey putting in some dynamic tackles.
Y.M.C.A. scored first but were unable to convert, with Cleck replying with a try from Dan. Y.M.C.A. then retook the lead, again failing to convert, with Cleck again replying through Dan who was unlucky no to convert.
On the whole 10 – 10 draw was a reasonable result.
Cleckheaton 0 v Keighley 26
I cannot remember playing Keighley in past seasons but will not forget this team, neither will Huey. After watching them demolish Y.M.C.A. it was our turn in the 3-way.
Keighley came out the strongest, with Tom pulling off some good tackling. Poor handling again was our problem, with the ball being ripped from our hands far too often.
Keighley scored and their conversion was excellent.
Josh again pulled off some great tackles, but the ball came loose and we did not do enough to collect the ball, giving Keighley the opportunity to pick it up and score. Sam ‘Clint’ Eastwood, on more than one occasion stopped his opposition from scoring, with excellent tackling but unfortunately Keighley scored again from our poor handling.
There was a few good moments from the first half from Corey and Tom combining for a good run, which some say was a try for Cleck, but was not given. That brought the first half to an end.
2nd half was a different affair, with the Cleck forwards coming out strong, and we had a good rolling maul with twenty metres of pushing.
Keighley did not like our front row flexing their muscles, and started to lose their discipline with some high tackles. This half showed Cleckheaton putting Keighley under pressure led by the Captain Jack.
Cleck were given a few penalties which came to nothing, things got a bit tasty with a a few punches thrown, and Huey being smacked from behind. Keighley scored from a couple of good runs, which should have been stopped, but we failed to tackle.
On a good note it was nice to see our own walking wounded back down supporting their mates. Nice one to Jacko, Lloyd and Harvey for showing up.