Old Brodlleians entertain Heath at Woodhead on Saturday (2.15) in one of the biggest games of the season in Yorkshire One.
Last Saturday’s disappointing performance at Keighley will provide further motivation to John Cole and his team in a derby match which always has an extra edge with local bragging rights at stake as well as vital league points.
As the clubs head for the season’s home straight, Brods ccan be reasonably happy with their haul of league points with some notable scalps.
However, recent performances have simply not been up to scratch in a division containing many sides of similar strength.
Brods came out on top in a low scoring game at Heath earlier in the season when Danny Wood’s single penalty goal was the deciding score.
Brods continue to suffer from numerous unavailabilities with Sam Deacon being the biggest worry with a rib injury from two weeks ago.
Pete Williams is also likely to be missing which means that the Hipperholme side will be looking for experienced second-row Matt Willis to be available.
A big crowd should be in attendance, especially following a sold out pre match luncheon in which over 120 will be in attendance.
The second team will travel to Heath for a friendly, victories over Sheffield and Pontefract having seen them move six points clear at the top of the Western Championship .
The Beavers will be at home to Harrogate while on Sunday the Under 19s Colts travel to Guisborough in the second leg of a top of the table clash.
Brods were victorious last weekend with a 41-19 victory over the then league leaders.
However, they travel without captain Chris Bell who is with the North of England squad in preparation for the final England trials.
The Under 17s are at home in a fixture to be confirmed .
Old Brodleians 9
Brodleians lost to a Keighley side desperate for points in their battle to beat the drop in Yorkshire One.
Keighley are always difficult to beat at Utley and they were highly motivated, opening with a deep kick and a good chase to put them firmly on the attack from the start.
They won lineout possession and put in several powerful drives before No 8 and captain Leigh Sugden emerged from a pile of bodies with ball held aloft in celebration.
Fly half Alex Brown converted for a 7-0 lead after just three minutes and added a penalty.
The home side continued to dominate possession and territory. Dan Wood kicked a penalty for Brods following handling in a ruck but Brown replied to make it 13-3.
It wasn’t until the hour mark that Brods stepped up their game and showed signs of the form they are capable of.
With some possession and a little more territory they pulled back six points from successive well-struck Wood penalties.
That got them within striking range and they pressed again but lost possession and the ball was cleared deep into their 22.
A losing bonus point was surrendered in the closing moments when Keighley charged down the attempted clearance and Sugden grabbed his second try, converted by Brown.
The Keighley crowd were enthusiastic in their applause for a deserved win while Brods need to regroup for their home derby against Heath, who are three places below them, in the table and lost 25-10 at home to Selby last weekend.