AFTER the disappointment of another Yorkshire One setback last weekend at fog shrouded Barnsley, Old Brodleians are in Yorkshire Shield action this Saturday at Pontefract (2.15).
If they are successful against a side they beat at Woodhead at the turn of the month they will face Scarborough at home in the second round, so the incentive is there.
Chairman Richard Turner says the dip in form after the side picked up in October is disappointing. However, he added that the 20-13 defeat at Barnsley could have been down to the serious AC shoulder joint injury to winger Eddie Carter and the 40 minute stoppage as at the time Brods were leading 10-3 and looking comfortable in horrendous conditions.
“It was foggy, raining and breezy but we held the upper hand and who knows, we could have gone and won that one,” he said.
“They sent for the ambulance as the medics there thought he may well have also suffered a neck injury.
“At least it came a damn sight quicker than the one for the Heath lad when he broke his leg at Woodhead earlier in the season.
“It was thoroughly depressing after that and if they had not had lights then the game could well have been called off; it would have if it had been up at Woodhead.
“We also lost skipper Luke Scrimshaw who we were having to play in the second row. Again his AC joint was giving him some pain where there was pressure on it as he packed down.
“He hurt it some eight weeks ago and has come back maybe a little early for the cause and will certainly not play on Saturday.
“It could be on Saturday that coach John Cole looks at some players who have been pushing for a chance from the second team.
“They had a good win at home to Barnsley in the reverse fixture and the likes of centre Andy Clay, who has not been available through work, will come in to contention.
“What we need to do now is put behind us the three recent defeats to Heath, York and Barnsley and look to this cup tie break to build confidence once again and pick up on the superb form of October.”