Club rugby: Hayward’s hat-trick leaves York in a bit of a pickle

Cleckheaton's hat-trick hero, Mike Hayward. PIC: Paul Butterfield
Cleckheaton's hat-trick hero, Mike Hayward. PIC: Paul Butterfield
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A hat-trick from right winger Mike Hayward helped Cleckheaton reach the quarter-final of the Yorkshire Cup with a 24-19 victory at York.

Hayward’s heroics, plus a fourth try from inside centre Matt Piper, helped them secure a good away victory despite fielding a mixed team which included players from their second team, the Kestrels. Cleckheaton will have to travel to National League Wharfedale for their quarter-final clash on February 23, while Sheffield Tigers are rewarded with a home match against Sandal on the same day.

Sheffield and Ilkley reached the quarter-finals without a ball being kicked after Hull and Bradford and Bingley handed them the ties. Moortown reached the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Shield in thrilling style, winning 34-32 at Beverley in their quarter-final match.

Freddy Howarth and Nathan Harding both scored two to help North Ribblesdale to a 46-17 victory over Old Otliensians and reach the semi-final of the Yorkshire Silver Trophy.

Other tries for the home side came from Mike Thwaites, Matt Spears and John Padley.

Elsewhere Wetherby ran in three tries on their way to a 21-12 win over Ripon in their Trophy quarter-final, while Yarnbury reached the semi-finals without a ball being kicked as Barnsley pulled out because of a lack of sufficiently trained front-row players.

In the Yorkshire Vase, Wibsey were emphatic 46-24 winners over visitors Ossett, while Wensleydale enjoyed a 31-0 victory at Aireborough in their round-two clash.

Halifax Vandals ran out 34-24 winners over Baildon in an entertaining Vase clash, while Knottingley won 26-14 at Harrogate Pythons.