Thompson commits to Brodleians’ renaissance

Old Brodleians entertain Bridlington on Saturday (2.15pm), having been frustrated last weekend due to the appalling conditions at Woodhead.

Brods will be looking to continue their recent good form in what is bound to be a tough game against a side who have been hard to beat this season.

Brid sit third with 46 points compared to Brods’ 34 in fifth. It is an opportunity for the Hipperholme side to close the gap on the top three.

The east coast club recruited well in the close season and performed impressively in a hard-fought fixture earlier in the season on their home ground.

They beat Brods 26-8 early in September and the locals will be looking to improve substantially on what was a disappointing performance.

The Seasiders defeated basement-club and visitors Selby 41-0 in their last game, having lost their previous two encounters against Malton and at Bradford Salem.

It looks set to be an enthralling encounter with Brods picking from a strong squad and buoyed by the recent victory over York.

The Woodhead club have received another boost with prop Callum Thompson declining the terms of a leading local side playing in the national leagues.

The prop has decided to stick with his home club and his Woodhead team-mates will be looking forward to him continuing this season’s fine performances in the black, red and white shirts.

The Brods side to host Cleckheaton at 11am on Boxing Day will contain several guest players, all of whom came through the Brods youth system and who are working or studying away from home.