Cleckheaton U15s win at Heath
By Karen Wagstaff
Following defeat to a very good Rotherham Titans side, The Cleckheaton / Stocksbridge boys were looking to get back to winning ways, but Heath showed they are no mugs, having beaten us the last game of the season at U14’s
Following ten minutes of sustained pressure from Cleckheaton / Stocksbridge, and good defending from Heath, we broke through, with Jack ‘JK’ Kelly opening scoring, unfortunately Dan the man failed to convert, Heath equalized within a couple of minutes, and again they failed to convert. They scored stayed like this for ten minutes and just before half time we put two down and with some class kicking from Dan, getting the conversions too.
Heath threatened to come back, but a three cracking tackles from Huey and Tom stopped their advances. With the first half coming to a close, Will ‘waggers’ Wagstaff was in the thick off it, collecting loose balls and turning them into something playable. First half Cleckheaton lead 19 to Heath’s 5.
The second half Heath tried to move through their gears, but our tackling, rucking was too strong. We were dominant in the scrum too. Josh and Jack ‘JK’ Kelly were taking players down. Following a crunching tackle JK came away with a badly bruised cheek, but played on.
Dan made some excellent ground and Felix got himself into an ideal position and handled well to convert good Cleckheaton passing into a try. Sam ‘Clint’ Eastwood was again in the thick of things, collecting loose balls and running like a man possessed into heath’s backs, Sam created some good meterage and pressure, with Felix.
Jack Martin, our resident wrecking ball, mowed through the Heath boys, to lay down 5 tries, which all converted from Dan, with his excellent kicking. Jack ‘JK’ Kelly, much to the delight of the travelling away teams parents, took out one of Heaths attacks, by bulldozing the audacious attack into the sidelines (To the approval of the Cleckheaton / Stocksbridge parents), and gave the heath players a look the said he was no there to be messed with.
Heath did manage to get a late try over, but Jack Martin finished with another Cleckheaton / Stocksbridge try, again Dan Crawshaw having the last play of the game with the conversion.
Again a big nod to Jacko, now cast free, but still in physical therapy, for his sideline support of his team mates.
The highlights were the Cleckheaton / Stocksbridge tight play, few loose balls and dominance showed by our forwards and some good tackling by our lads at the back.
Final score Heath 17 - 45 Cleckheaton