ALMOST 48 hours before what is arguably their biggest game of the season, Cleckheaton could not fill their replacements' bench.
"We only have 17 players at the moment," said coach Scott Benton.
Cleckheaton need to win at Lymm to definitely be safe from relegation in National League Three North, but even two bonus points will not be enough to save them if Doncaster Phoenix gain a maximum haul at already-relegated Firwood Waterloo.
Cleckheaton are without goal-kicking full back Ross Hayden (unavailable) and centre Lee Queeley (facial injury), and could also be missing flanker Jack Seddon (shoulder and neck injuries).
Benton added: "Lee was injured playing for the RAF last night and has stitches in a chin injury, while Jack will be assessed at training.
"Unfortunately, injuries and unavailability have been the story of our season so far, but these have come before our biggest game of the season.
"However, it is still in our hands, and if we win we stay up."
Cleckheaton's rugby chairman Neil Gillan cleared up some confusion by saying: "If we get two bonus points at Lymm and Doncaster Phoenix get a bonus-point win to put them on the same league points as us (41), then we will be relegated as Phoenix will have eight wins to our seven, but we are going to Lymm with a job to do and we can beat them."
As for the Waterloo v Phoenix clash, Gillan said: "Some of our people think that it is a bad thing that Waterloo have been relegated, but I think they will have a point to prove and it will free them up."
The other main issue for Bradford area clubs in the Northern divisions is whether Yarnbury can stay in Yorkshire Division One.
One out of North Ribblesdale, Selby (both on 33 points) and Yarnbury (32) will be joining Acklam in going down, and Ribb host second-placed West Leeds, who are battling with York for a play-off place, while Selby are at fourth-placed Scarborough.
Yarnbury visit seventh-placed Keighley, whose head coach Danny McGee said: "Yarnbury can be a dangerous side, it is a derby and we are not taking them lightly at all.
"But we are pretty much at full strength, although Tom Lowther is a doubt with knee and shoulder injuries."
Bradford Salem, who are without full back Danny Belcher and No 8 Christian Baines, are eighth, three points behind Keighley, and their incentive for beating tenth-placed Hullensians at Shay Lane is the opportunity to finish above Keighley.
Bradford & Bingley want to finish their North One East campaign on a high by beating visitors Durham City.
The Bees' director of rugby Martin Whitcombe said: "It is our last home game and we want to finish the season strongly with 2017-18 just around the corner.
"Having come up last year, we have had a successful campaign and were in with a shout of promotion until March."
Old Grovians are hoping that a win at Leodiensian would put them ninth in Yorkshire Division Two and continue their season by season progression as they were tenth in 2015-16.
Bradford Salem (home to Hullensians): R Smith; C Malarkey, H Hall, S Gardner, N Fontaine; A Robinson, J Mitchell; T O'Sullivan, A Veitch, W Collins, J Cunliffe, J Morrell, C Wood, J Booth, C Manchester. Replacements: M Booth B Whitaker, J Bradbury.