Old Crossleyans were hammered 64-3 at Moorend yesterday as rampant Cleckheaton moved closer to the North One East title.
The sixth-placed Broomfield men had added Ollie Coyne, Chris Wood and Chris Seymour to the injury list after the narrow home win over Driffield the previous week. They were also without Ryan Hammond, Chris Jones and Gareth Ott.
Crocs were first on the scoreboard with a Chris Vine penalty and held Cleckheaton for 20 minutes.
However, it was largely one-way traffic after that as Cleckheaton ditched their usual catch and drive, forward-orientated game and moved the ball well to run in 10 tries.
It was 33-3 at the break, Ross Hayden accounting for 18 of the home side’s points with two tries and four conversions. Matt Piper and ex-Old Brods pair Oliver Akroyd and Alex Dawson also touched down.
Cleckheaton almost doubled their tally in the second half with Chris Piper, Martin Woodhead, Michael Piper, Jack Bickerdike and Ollie Depledge crossing the whitewash and Hayden adding three more conversions.
Crocs’ experienced front row of Mark Palmer, Richard Wheale and Andy Day matched their home counterparts but ex-Halifax player Rob Afoa-Peterson and Akroyd were prominent as the home side dominated elsewhere.
It left Crocs relieved to have a week off before they host Alnwick on March 22.