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Stylish Cleckheaton run in eight tries
Cleckheaton 56, Alnwick 12
Cleckheaton turned on the style with a powerful eight-try performance which ultimately overwhelmed a gallant Alnwick side in SSE North One East.
The home team’s intent was clear from the outset with a second-minute Ross Hayden penalty and a fifth-minute drop goal from Michael Piper.
Subsequent tries from James Marshall, Rob Afoa Petersen and Richard Piper (2), with Hayden adding two conversions, opened up a 30-point lead prior to the break.
Much to their credit, Alnwick hit back with a dazzling try from James Warcup, converted by James Bird, and immediately after the break reduced the arrears further with a try from prop Ben Boothman.
But Cleckheaton soon regained the upper hand with two tries from the ever dangerous Hayden, both of which he converted.
As Alnwick tired, Cleckheaton finished off with two more excellent tries from Matt Piper and Ollie Akroyd, with Hayden adding his fifth conversion of the afternoon.
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