Brods face biggest game

AFTER a weekend off Old Brodleians make the long journey to Newcastle on Saturday to take on Team Northumbria at Bullock Steads (2.15pm).

The students of Northumbria University use a pitch adjacent to Newcastle’s Kingston Park and it is the sort or wide and flat pitch Brods thrive on when on form.

Player-spokesman Adam Standeven says the North East 1 game is their biggest in five years.

“It’s not all about winning titles and promotions there are times like this when you are in a relegation scrap and need to step up.

“They have only won and drawn one and sit at the bottom of the table and we are fifth from bottom and seven points from trouble.

“We have targeted three more wins and this is one of them with hopefully bonus points added on.

“We cannot take them lightly as they drew recently at Cleckheaton and took us to 18-14 at Woodhead so it will be no walk in the park.

“They were really good last year but maybe those students have moved on and the new batch, haven’t adjusted this term.”

The second team lost 8-5 at Selby last week but prop Dave Skinner came through twell after injury and should figure in coach, Ian Armitage’s plans this Saturday. Louis Butler and Ian Mallard also played alongside Steve Shaw and Chris Hartley and also went well.

Joe Armitage is fit again after missing the last three or four games.

“Liam Scott was ill when we took Middlesbrough close, but he is fit and well again and will be in contention in the backs with Aaron Fowler, Michael Briggs, Matthew Hoyle, Andy Clay and Danny Wood.

“I had to come off against Middlesbrough with a knee injury but I trained on Tuesday and had no problems.

“It is good this week that the coach has selection headaches with quality players coming back.

“On Tuesday night we worked on set pieces, line outs and the backs finishing off moves, which to be honest cost us the second team game at Selby last Saturday and it could have been much tidier against Middlesbrough,” he said.

The club’s second team host Bradford and Bingley’s 2ndXV in a Yorkshire Merit League game (2.15pm).