Brods cling to slim hopes of derby date at Heath beating the big freeze

Old Brodleians will be hoping to make the short journey to West Vale to take on derby rivals Heath in Yorkshire One on Saturday (2.15).

However, chairman chairman Richard Turner is uncertain whether the game will go aheasd following the recent snowfalls and freezing temperatures.

”I would think it very unlikely that the game will go ahead in view of the state of the pitches,” said Turner.

“Still, compared to Woodhead they are lower down and more sheltered and we have played with an orange ball and dolly blue markings before today.”

Heath have recovered after a poor start to the season, although they still seem to struggle for consistency.

However, with eight wins from 16 fixtures they sit two places above Brods on 39 points.

Should the game go ahead it will be the third time the two sides have met this season.

On the first occasion the game was postponed following a severe injury to the Heath flanker Will Nicholson and in the subsequent replay Heath were victorious in a closely fought encounter.

Last weekend’s postponed match with league leaders Driffield has been rearranged for Saturday, February 2 and this will be followed the following Saturday with another home game against Ilkley RUFC.

Prior to the match the Brods will be holding a Lunch with a Crunch with local comedian Lea Roberts entertaining supporters prior to the game.

“Keeping the lads fit and interested during the bad weather is always a difficulty when conditions are so poor,” added Turner.

“Coach John Cole arranged for Tuesday’s training to be held at Halifax Boxing Club in Ovenden.

“This provided some variety and allowed the players to maintain fitness in a different environment to the norm.”

Brods physio, Emma of Calder Physio, will continue to run her physio sessions at the Brods club from 7pm onwards on Tuesday evenings.

All players need to contact Emma for an appointment time on Monday prior to the physio session the following day.