CLECKHEATON made the short trip to a windswept Laund Hill and secured maximum points in a 27-15 victory over Huddersfield YMCA in North One East.

The win keeps them third, but level on points now with second-placed Driffield.

Meanwhile, the poor hosts, without a win all season and slapped with a huge points deduction, remain rock bottom on -29.

But it was YMCA, playing with the wind, who took a shock lead on four minutes when good ball retention drove Cleck back. From a driving maul, they crossed for an unconverted try.

This stirred the visitors into action and on 12 minutes, Dale Breakwell floated a kick towards the left wing.

Mikey Hayward offloaded the ball to Jack Seddon, who promptly romped over to level the scores.

On 20 minutes, Olly Depledge and James Wilson combined and Hayward cut back inside to record his 13th try of the season. The successful kick made it 12-5.

Huddersfield cut the lead from an offside penalty but soon after, Hayward crossed for his second try of the game after good work from Tom Lillycrop and Seddon.

The conversion fell just short from a difficult angle.

The visitors' Ben Thrower was then yellow carded for failing to clear the ruck, but there was no further score before the break.

Early in the second half, YMCA battered away at the Cleckheaton line. Jack Marshall tried to intercept one pass and was deemed to have deliberately knocked the ball on.

He was dispatched to the sin bin and the referee awarded the penalty try, as the hosts pulled the score back to 17-15.

Cleckheaton prop Andy Piper became the third player to spend time in the bin after a high tackle, but Huddersfield then quickly had a man yellow carded too.

The visitors finally got back on track when Tom Breakwell crossed after a maul had rumbled some 20 metres downfield. The conversion was missed but the try bonus was secured.

The restored Marshall then showed terrific pace to blast outside his opposite number, before passing to Seddon to cross again.

That completed the scoring with 10 minutes to play, as the visitors wrapped up a surprisingly difficult win.

Moortown visit Cleck next Saturday for a 2:15pm kick-off, in what should be a cracking encounter.