WITH early season form having departed them, Brods entertain Wheatley Hills on Saturday (2.15pm).
The Doncaster-based club are third in the table, two places ahead of Brods who, after leading the pack back in September, now find themselves looking up at leaders Billingham and second-placed Middlesbrough.
After losing at Middlesbrough, Malton and Norton and then Cleckheaton, coach Ian Armitage will be fearful of Saturday week’s trip to Durham City but first he has a tough and uncompromising Wheatley Hills to sort out.
At Moorends, Brods were well and truly in the picture for 60 minutes but the home side that had been showing indifferent form just blew them away.
The coach knows he needs a response after shipping some 70 points in those last three away games and some tighter tackling especially in the centres is required.
Saturday’s game should be a tight affair judging by last season’s results. Brods beat them 11-10 in the south Yorkshire town and then did the double with a 21-19 victory at Woodhead.
Armitage knows they have an aggressive pack who “don’t let you play rugby and come to ‘beat you up’, says club player-spokesman Adam Standeven.
“I am sure our pack will more than match them and we have plenty of backs to chose from to ensure a job is done on them,” he said.
There is a doubt about prop Dave Skinner along with skipper Luke Scrimshaw who took a bang to the kidney area. If he does not play Rob Jennings may drop back from hooker. Kyle Millward, concussed against Sheffield and Lee Scrimshaw injured in the same game could be back in contention but there are doubts about centre Gareth Standeven (groin) and DD Martin who came off the bench at Cleckheaton and ended up with a rib injury.
Winger Michael Briggs had another good game in the reserves’ 22-19 defeat against Scunthorpe. Adam Standeven was man of the match and Armitage may turn to his experience.
The coach certainly has plenty of options to freshen up the backs.
For the home game with leaders Billington on Saturday, November 19, chairman Bruce Turner has organised a ‘Lunch With a Crunch’ and will be taking orders.
The second team on Saturday are away to Yarnbury (2.15pm) and expected to continue his comeback after a long lay-off with back trouble is New Zealander Scott Parkin.