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Cleckheaton
Bradford & Bingley
J Carley, M Swetman, J Bickerdike, M Woodhead
Tries
T Johnson, A Keeton
B Dearing
Conversions
L Taylor (2)
B Dearing
Penalties
L Taylor
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North One East Full time

Cleckheaton 25-17 Bees

Bees rue missed chances in defeat

BOTH teams were happy that they gave improved performances on their heavy opening-day defeats in this North One East derby.

Cleckheaton, watched by their cricketers after their game was called off, bossed affairs for the first hour on a day when a wet ball caused handling problems but Bradford & Bingley were frustrated that they didn’t win as they dominated the last quarter.

“We blew five clear-cut chances,” said Bees flanker Ali MacDonald, “and given another five or ten minutes we would have snatched it.
“It was just a matter of getting the right angles but it was an improvement on the previous week and things are coming together no doubt.”

Cleckheaton V Bees 2018
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Meanwhile, Cleckheaton’s head coach Thiu Barnard was a proud man after seeing his side bounce back from a 56-5 drubbing at Malton & Norton.“Our defence got tested in the second half here and we held out,” said the South African, “but they profited from our errors. “It was a good test of our character and we came through it as they are a good side.

“Brad Marsden was outstanding in the line-out, winning our ball and taking half of theirs. I am really proud of my team.”

Before the match kicked off, there was a minute’s silence for Max Blakeley, the Cleckheaton RUFC player who died playing rugby league for Birkenshaw Bluedogs over the summer.

Bradford & Bingley, who at least picked up a four-try bonus point in their 53-33 home defeat by Scarborough in week one, started the derby by showing some decent continuity, although they knocked on after winning the game’s first penalty.

Cleckheaton then showed their clinicalness by taking their initial opportunity in the eighth minute in the left-hand corner via hooker James Crowther, although Mike Swetman’s conversion went across the face of the posts.

Home scrum half Jack Bickerdike was his usual livewire self and broke through in centrefield four minutes later, but the attack ended with them being penalised.

An even bigger gap in the visitors’ defence was exploited in the 20th minute by centre Swetman, who threatened to retire during last season. Persuaded to carry on by his form in the second half of the 2017-18 season, he ran in from distance through some paper-thin tackling after the Bees had lost their own line-out.

Fly half Bob Dearing added the conversion to give Cleckheaton a 12-0 lead, but the visitors missed a decent chance to get on the scoreboard themselves three minutes later when fly half Lance Taylor was wide with a kickable penalty.

The visitors, who tended to try and run the ball out of their 22 rather than employing the kick – something that Cleckheaton weren’t so guilty of in the second half – were playing a brand of rugby that was too frantic for the conditions, and their cause wasn’t helped when skipper Tom Booth was yellow carded in the 32nd minute, with Dearing landing the subsequent penalty to make it 15-0.

With Cleckheaton prop Tim Mobbs receiving treatment for a head injury in midfield, the visitors finally had some points to cheer when Taylor knocked over a 36th-minute penalty.

But nearing half-time, Bickerdike found no-one on guard on the blindside scooted down the left touchline from 35 metres out to score, having enough time to run behind the posts.

Dearing surprisingly missed the conversion, but Cleckheaton didn’t have to wait too long to add to their 20-3 half-time advantage, however, as left winger Keiran Downs went over two minutes into the second half.

Dearing again missed the extra points, however, and the next ten minutes were largely taken up by referee Kristian Garland (Central Yorkshire Society) trying to keep control.

He twice had to halt play to talk to respective skippers Booth and Matt Piper, the second occasion coming after a brawl near the home 22.

Little that Bees centre James Morton tried during the match came off, particularly his offloads in the first half, but perhaps the catalyst for Bradford & Bingley’s revival came with the sin-binning of Cleckheaton flanker Joey Carley in the 55th minute.

While he was off the pitch, the visitors hit back with a try nine minutes later by their man of the match Tom Johnson, with the conversion being added by Taylor.

Croatian second row Ante Majic then could not hold onto the ball with the line begging in the 71st minute, but four minutes later prop Alex Keeton reached out to score, with Taylor’s conversion bringing the Bees both into losing bonus-point territory and match-winning territory.

Cleckheaton, who lost Carley injured soon after he came back on, seemed ready to be taken out but a combination of solid defence and Bees profligacy – for example Taylor dropped the ball with the line at his mercy in injury time – meant that the hosts survived.

The hosts, who have made fewer close-season changes, are undoubtedly closer to being the finished article, while the Bees are still finding their feet under coaches Antony Posa and High Gumbs but have the potential to be destructive.

By
Bill Marshall
Article from the Telegraph and Argus

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

8:00
Try John Carley scores for Cleckheaton
18:00
Try Mick Swetman scores for Cleckheaton
19:00
Conversion Ben Dearing kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
31:00
Penalty Ben Dearing kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
34:00
Penalty Lance Taylor kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
39:00
Try Jack Bickerdike scores for Cleckheaton
42:00
Try Martin Woodhead scores for Cleckheaton
64:00
Try Tom Johnson scores for Bradford & Bingley
65:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
75:00
Try Alex Keeton scores for Bradford & Bingley
76:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley

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Cleckheaton V Bees 2018
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Cleckheaton V Bees 2018

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Tom Johnson is awarded player of the match for Bradford & Bingley
80:00 Sub On
Ante Majic is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
80:00 Sub Off
Harry Jeffery is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
79:00 Sub On
Harry Jeffery is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
79:00 Sub Off
Ante Majic is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
76:00 Conversion 25 - 17
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
75:00 Try 25 - 15
Alex Keeton scores for Bradford & Bingley
68:00 Sub On
Will Broadbent is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
68:00 Sub Off
Ali MacDonald is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
66:00 Sub Off
Harry Jeffery is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
66:00 Sub On
Corey Spencer is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
65:00 Conversion 25 - 10
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
64:00 Try 25 - 8
Tom Johnson scores for Bradford & Bingley
60:00 Sub Off
James Morton is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
60:00 Sub On
Jack Malthouse is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
54:00 Yellow Card
John Carley is yellow carded for Cleckheaton
53:00 Sub On
Lewis Brook is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
53:00 Sub Off
Corey Spencer is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
43:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Dearing misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
42:00 Try 25 - 3
Martin Woodhead scores for Cleckheaton
End of period 1
39:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Dearing misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
39:00 Try 20 - 3
Jack Bickerdike scores for Cleckheaton
34:00 Penalty 15 - 3
Lance Taylor kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
31:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Ben Dearing kicks a penalty for Cleckheaton
30:00 Yellow Card
Tom Booth is yellow carded for Bradford & Bingley
20:00 Missed Penalty
Lance Taylor misses a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
19:00 Sub Off
Jack Malthouse is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
19:00 Sub On
Tom Johnson is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
19:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Ben Dearing kicks a conversion for Cleckheaton
18:00 Try 10 - 0
Mick Swetman scores for Cleckheaton
9:00 Missed Conversion
Matt Piper misses a conversion for Cleckheaton
8:00 Try 5 - 0
John Carley scores for Cleckheaton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Cleckheaton
  • Bradford & Bingley
  • 0
  • John Carley Try 8:00'
  • Mick Swetman Try 18:00'
  • Jack Malthouse Sub Off 19:00'
  • Tom Johnson Sub On 19:00'
  • Ben Dearing Conversion 19:00'
  • Tom Booth Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Ben Dearing Penalty 31:00'
  • Lance Taylor Penalty 34:00'
  • Jack Bickerdike Try 39:00'
  • Martin Woodhead Try 42:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub Off 53:00'
  • Lewis Brook Sub On 53:00'
  • John Carley Yellow Card 54:00'
  • James Morton Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jack Malthouse Sub On 60:00'
  • Tom Johnson Try 64:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 65:00'
  • Harry Jeffery Sub Off 66:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub On 66:00'
  • Ali MacDonald Sub Off 68:00'
  • Will Broadbent Sub On 68:00'
  • Alex Keeton Try 75:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 76:00'
  • Ante Majic Sub Off 79:00'
  • Harry Jeffery Sub On 79:00'
  • Harry Jeffery Sub Off 80:00'
  • Ante Majic Sub On 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Percy Park 6 16
9. Malton and Norton 6 16
10. Cleckheaton 6 13
11. Driffield 6 12
12. Bradford & Bingley 6 10
13. West Leeds 6 8
14. Consett 6 4

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