Last season's matches between these two sides were keenly contested close encounters. On the evidence of the first half of this match it appeared that the home side had taken a step up on their opponents. Although Iain Gordon gave Cleckheaton an early lead with a penalty, Wheatley soon got into their stride with forwards and backs combining well to create four tries within the space of twenty minutes from centre Guest and mobile back row Craswell, who crossed for two individual efforts. Hayward scored the bonus point try on the half hour mark and fly half Townsley kicked one conversion.
The second half started well for Cleckheaton and in the forty second minute Iain Gordon crossed for an excellent try following good driving play by the forwards. The score was converted by the same player and the visitors were battling back. Unfortunately several try scoring opportunities were lost and the only further score of the second half was a penalty by Townsley for Wheatley.
Another disappointing Cleckheaton performance with the forwards in general coming off second best to a more physical and aggressive unit.