Cole’s men will travel with confidence

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THE atmosphere at training on Tuesday night at the Old Brodleians was noticeably more upbeat after Saturday’s confidence boosting victory over bottom-placed Knottingley.

Brods secured a 28-0 bonus point victory over their West Yorkshire rivals - a result which lifted them two places above local rivals Heath and Barnsley in Yorkshire One.

And the Woodhead men are now looking forward to their next test with a visit to Scarborough on Saturday.

“You can only play what is in front of you and the boys put in their best opening 20 minutes of the season, said a more bouyant chairman Richard Turner.

“The performances of the returning Scrimshaw and Finn in the back row were key to the change in fortunes and we can now go to Scarborough with increased confidence.

“The Seasiders faltered last week, losing away at North Ribblesdale after a convincing win over Knottingley themselves at home the week before.

“But Scarborough are always a strong side at their new home and we will have to improve again if we are to return to Woodhead with any league points.”

Scarborough occupy seventh place and with 21 points are 10 ahead of the Hipperholme side.

A victory for the Brods would certainly indicate a change in the club’s fortunes as numbers at training continue to increase.

Coach John Cole had the luxury of picking from the same squad on Tuesday night with no additional injuries from the weekend .

The only change sees hooker James Ogden returning at hooker where his accurate line out throwing should see an increase in success in that area.

The second team squad continues to grow with players returning from injuries and holidays and they have 26 available for Saturday’s home game against Sandal. The Beavers travel to Hull Ionians looking to maintain their 100 per cent record.