Brods look to ease last week’s frustration against Pontefract

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Old Brodleians will entertain Pontefract this Saturday (2.15) and will be looking to make amends for their late lapses in last week’s game with Scarborough.

Brods lost out 23-22 to a controversial call last Saturday, however that game is now history.

Chairman Richard Turner said: “It is quite clear that most of the teams in the division are capable of turning over the higher placed sides and it is proving to be an interesting season with no outstanding team sweeping all before them.

“Only poor Aklam appear to be rooted to the bottom position with no win yet secured.”

He continued: “Pontefract are one of Brods’ longest standing fixtures and it is always a hard fought contest.

“This season Ponty are struggling a little away from home, however they pulled off a good victory last week at home to Selby, 38-29, following a big loss at Ilkley 55-7 and a home draw with Heath 24-24.

“Brods will not underestimate their visitors and it should be another interesting match for the spectators.

“Tongan prop Kivalu will be available again this weekend and James Brown is still recovering from his shoulder injury, however his fitness will be checked further as the week progresses .

“Doc Holbrough is unavailable and it is likely that Joe Armitage will be stepping up to the scrum-half spot .

“Ed Botha ( back row) and Kristian Sharples (wing) both showed up well last weekend in the seconds at Huddersfield and will certainly be under consideration at selection.”

The seconds travel to Wheatley Hills (2.15) looking to get back onto winning ways following a setback last week at Huddersfield and the Beavers will visit Keighley.

It will another busy day at Woodhead on Sunday.

In the morning Brods have been chosen to host the District Yorkshire Under 12s competition.

The Under 15s will also be at home against Otley in the Yorkshire Cup (11.00) and then at 1pm a large crowd is expected to watch the Under 19s colts who take on Doncaster.

Old Brods U9s played host to Skipton. In the first game Skipton took a 3-0 lead, before Jasper Brown got the Brods on the score sheet. After the break, Skipton ran in two more tries. running out 30-5 victors .

Game two and the Brods earned a superb victory over Skipton by 35-30. The hosts opened up a 10-0 lead through Parkin and Brown.Parker then scored for the Brods for a 15-5 advantage .

Skipton pegged back the Brods with two scores in the second half.

Ollie Rathmell had a good run passed to Bannister who finished.

The visitors crossed twice more and then Bannister and Sam Thackeray scored for the Woodhead side.

Skipton drew level with a try at 30-30 before Bannister had the last word.