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1st XV - Match centre

Bradford & Bingley
Cleckheaton
T Booth
79:00
M Hayward, C Crotty, J Wilson, C Crotty, J Wilson
L Neha
M Swetman
R Evans, M Swetman
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North One East

Cleck come top in derby

Bees lose grip at the death again

WHILE Cleckheaton are eyeing an immediate return to National League Three North, Bradford & Bingley are trying to figure out how to turn possession and territory into points and how to stop collapsing in the final ten minutes.
Cleckheaton, beaten the previous week at Penrith, who they see as favourites for the title, scored three late tries to see off the Bees, who had conceded three tries in the closing stages the first weekend at Driffield.
"Our fitness told," said Cleckheaton's player-coach Mike Swetman as they saw off the Wagon Laners.
However, Bees skipper Tom Booth disagreed, saying: "It wasn't our fitness because we work hard on that.
"It was our decision-making, and we have to find a way to turn our possession into points as we spent 12 or 13 minutes in their 22 and came away with nothing.
"It could be a long couple of weeks."
A downpour of almost biblical proportions soaked the Wagon Lane pitch just before kick-off, leaving the areas in front of the dug outs awash.
It had ended by the time referee Dave Downham (Central Yorkshire Society) blew his whistle, but the moisture led to a fractured first half as there were so many knocks on, particularly in the opening half-hour.
Cleckheaton winger Mikey Hayward went over on the left after four minutes after the visitors had won back-to-back penalties, and the Bees got lucky five minutes later when Swetman missed an easy kick at goal.
With back-rower Jack Seddon continually making good ground, Cleckheaton, who lost player-head coach Thiu Barnard in the warm-up with a hamstring injury, went 8-0 in front when fly half Ronan Evans landed a 24th-minute penalty.
However, a missed tackle gave home skipper Tom Booth the chance to show his paces and make the line in the 33rd minute, fly half Lee Neha adding the conversion.
Evans' missed penalty in first-half stoppage time – Cleckheaton hooker Ben Thrower twice needed treatment for a knee injury – meant that the half-time score remained at 8-7 to Cleckheaton.
However, the hosts, via a neat Neha reverse pass, threatened via centre James Morton early in the second half.
A high tackle on Jack Malthouse gave them further territory, but when they failed to score after being shoved into touch on the left after a period of pressure, the Bees must have wondered whether they would have been better off taking a pot at goal.
Then hooker Matt Cochrane was almost over the line.
After twice being penalised for crossing though, the home side went further behind when Swetman landed a 55th-minute penalty.
The centre was then influential as replacement Cain Crotty went over, Swetman converting.
Cleckheaton rammed home their opportunities when Seddon picked off the ball at the back of a line-out and ran deep into the Bees 22 before offloading for lock Luke Pearson to score.
Crotty's 75th-minute try secured the bonus point, and Evans rubbed salt in the wound with another try three minutes later.
It was a much more clinical display by Cleckheaton than that against Penrith, with Swetman saying: "The three-hour coach journey there didn't help but they took their chances and we didn't."

By

Bill Marshall
Article courtesy of The Telegraph and Argos.

Bees V Cleckheaton 2017
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Key moments

4:00
Try Mike Hayward scores for Cleckheaton
20:00
Try Cain Crotty scores for Cleckheaton
23:00
Penalty Roan Evans kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
33:00
Try Tom Booth scores for Bradford & Bingley
34:00
Conversion Lee Neha kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
55:00
Penalty Mike Swetman kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
61:00
Conversion Mike Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
71:00
Try James Wilson scores for Cleckheaton
75:00
Try Cain Crotty scores for Cleckheaton
78:00
Try James Wilson scores for Cleckheaton

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Bees V Cleckheaton 2017
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Bees V Cleckheaton 2017

Highlights

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79:00 Sub On
Michael Crotch is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
79:00 Missed Conversion
Roan Evans misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
78:00 Sub Off
Benny Greaves is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
78:00 Sub On
Luca Devittoris is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
78:00 Sub Off
Ryan Wederell is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
78:00 Try 7 - 33
James Wilson scores for Cleckheaton
76:00 Missed Conversion
Mike Swetman misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
75:00 Try 7 - 28
Cain Crotty scores for Cleckheaton
72:00 Missed Conversion
Mike Swetman misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
71:00 Try 7 - 23
James Wilson scores for Cleckheaton
61:00 Conversion 7 - 18
Mike Swetman kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
55:00 Penalty 7 - 16
Mike Swetman kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
52:00 Sub On
Max Mountain is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
52:00 Sub Off
Michael Crotch is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
End of period 1
39:00 Missed Penalty
Roan Evans misses a penalty for Cleckheaton
34:00 Conversion 7 - 13
Lee Neha kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
33:00 Try 5 - 13
Tom Booth scores for Bradford & Bingley
27:00 Sub On
Benny Greaves is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
27:00 Sub Off
Luca Devittoris is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
23:00 Penalty 0 - 13
Roan Evans kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
20:00 Sub Off
Byron Finn is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
20:00 Sub On
Sam White is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
20:00 Try 0 - 10
Cain Crotty scores for Cleckheaton
9:00 Missed Penalty
Mike Swetman misses a penalty for Cleckheaton
5:00 Missed Conversion
Mike Swetman misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
4:00 Try 0 - 5
Mike Hayward scores for Cleckheaton
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As it happened

  • Bradford & Bingley
  • Cleckheaton
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  • Mike Hayward Try 4:00'
  • Byron Finn Sub Off 20:00'
  • Sam White Sub On 20:00'
  • Cain Crotty Try 20:00'
  • Roan Evans Penalty 23:00'
  • Benny Greaves Sub On 27:00'
  • Luca Devittoris Sub Off 27:00'
  • Tom Booth Try 33:00'
  • Lee Neha Conversion 34:00'
  • Max Mountain Sub On 52:00'
  • Michael Crotch Sub Off 52:00'
  • Mike Swetman Penalty 55:00'
  • Mike Swetman Conversion 61:00'
  • James Wilson Try 71:00'
  • Cain Crotty Try 75:00'
  • Benny Greaves Sub Off 78:00'
  • Luca Devittoris Sub On 78:00'
  • Ryan Wederell Sub Off 78:00'
  • James Wilson Try 78:00'
  • Michael Crotch Sub On 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
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
13. West Hartlepool 10 13

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