Smith eyes January bounce for Brodleians

Old Brodleians coach Matt Smith is backing his men to take another step forward in the new year.

The Woodhead men finished their 2015 Yorkshire One fixtures with a hard-earned and deserved 17-8 win over third-placed Bridlington at Hipperholme last Saturday.

A strong final quarter performance ensured Brods avenged a 26-8 defeat at Dukes Park in their first away game of the season.

That helped them consolidate fifth place ahead of the festive break. Brods’ next league match is against North Ribblesdale at Settle on January 9, while on Boxing Day (11am) they host Cleckheaton in the traditional fixture.

More than 500 fans are expected for a game that sees Brods host a side from two leagues higher.

Leeds Carnegie lock Smith, who runs Brods’ first team with Danny Monk, is hoping the dawn of another year will again bring improvement.

“Hopefully we can come back in January like we did last January,” he said.

“At this time last year we were bottom of the league.Let’s hope we can put in another big surge. I think we can.”

Smith believes the team still has plenty of untapped potential and didn’t have to play that well to account for a Brid side whose form has dipped.

“I didn’t think they were that good,” he said.

“I thought we made hard work of it. When we did play in the right areas of the field it was not too difficult to score.”

Brods looked to have done the hard work when they turned round to play with the slope at 3-3, only to immediately concede a try.

“They got off to a good start in the second half,” added Smith. “On the whole I have got to be satisfied beating a team above us in the table.”

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