Fans are hoping to give Cleckheaton the edge

A knee injury means Damien Pearson will miss Bradford Salem's trip to his former club, West Leeds

A knee injury means Damien Pearson will miss Bradford Salem's trip to his former club, West Leeds

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

The effect of a home crowd on the hosts and the away team is often difficult to measure but Cleckheaton are confident they are ticking all the right boxes.

“Driffield have a big following when they play away but we reckon ours is bigger,” said Cleckheaton’s fixture secretary Alan Bentley.

They have cheered their team to ten victories out of 11 on the road in SSE North One East, which is one major reason why they lead the table by 13 points.

If they get anything out of Saturday's home derby against Old Crossleyans, the Moorenders will be guaranteed a play-off berth.

But, having led the table for so long and only having lost matches against second-placed Huddersfield YMCA, Cleckheaton are naturally setting their sights much higher than that.

They are still without prop Paul Turner (‘dead leg’) and No 8 Richard Piper (suspended) and give James Crowther a chance at hooker and recall winger Martin Woodhead against Neil Spence’s boys.

Where there’s life there’s hope for Bradford Salem in their promotion quest from SSE Yorkshire Division Two.

They know they cannot afford to lose any of their final five matches if they are to overhaul Hullensians, Sheffield Medicals and Yarnbury.

Salem are likely to be without Damien Pearson (knee) at his former club West Leeds.

Yarnbury host already-relegated Baildon, whose director of rugby Andy Whitley has resigned.

“It’s time for fresh ideas before the end of this season and for the next,” he said.

"We have had too many retirements but the players who have stayed have stuck at it."

Cleckheaton (home to Old Crossleyans): R Hayden; J Wilson, O Depledge, Matt Piper, M Woodhead; Michael Piper, J Bickerdike; C Piper, J Crowther, A Piper, G Turton, A Dawson, R Piercy, R Afoa Peterson, O Akroyd. Replacements: James Marshall, J White, R Bennett.

Bradford Salem (at West Leeds): D Belcher; A Sutcliffe, C Malarkey, T Barnes, A Wood; A Robinson, T Franklin; J Bradbury, A Veitch, S Davies, J Cunliffe, R Green, J Booth, K Falwasser, J Fawcett. Replacements: S Markey, D Luxton, C Walker.

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