Brods facing huge derby test after disappointing loss

Old Brodleians make the short trip to Heath on Saturday looking to step up in a fixture which could prove crucial in their quest for safety (2.15).

Heath, like Brods, have been inconsistent this season and currently stand 10th in the league with 41 points ahead of Brods in 12th on 30 points.

This fixture is always highly competitive and currently the West Vale men hold the advantage having pulled out a win at Woodhead in a replayed game in November, 25-19.

The result is bound to be very close and discipline in all facets of play is important or someone is going to regret their actions.

In Brods’ case it is hoped young fly-half Danny Wood takes along his kicking boots while flanker Andy Flynn continues to add steel to the pack and also some pace out wide.

There is sure to be a big crowd and both sides will be prepared for the big match of the season.

Knottingley 39

Old Brodleians 23

Brods returned from their Yorkshire One clash at Knottingley disappointed following an under par performance.

Knottingley belied their lowly status and from the start had the edge on the strangely subdued Hipperholme side.

The two sides exchanged early penalties. However the home side held a territorial advantage and with superior possession scored the first try on 20 minutes.

A driving maul close to the Brods line developed and the Knottingley No 8 broke before driving over near the posts. The try was converted and was reward for a period of sustained pressure.

The lead was extended with a similar mauling effort and conversion, although Dan Wood kept the Brods in touch with a penalty.

With the clock ticking down to half time Knottingley broke from halfway and a magnificent tackle by young full-back Phil Town saved a certain try

From the restart Knottingley ran the ball through several pairs of hands and good support work saw the No 8 again touch down under the posts.

This motivated the visitors and further penalties were exchanged before Kyle Millward broke the defence then combined with Andy Finn and Eddie Carter finished the move in fine style down the left.

At 27-16 time was running out and Knottingley scored two further tries before Finn closed the scoring with a powerful individual effort.