Brods looking to bounce back

Rugby union - Old Brods v Heath.'Jeff Jones for Heath.
Rugby union - Old Brods v Heath.'Jeff Jones for Heath.

OLD Brodleains entertain York this Saturday in what is bound to be another closely fought Yorkshire One encounter (2.15).

York have had a mixed start but have secured three wins out of four and on each of those occasions have scored over 50 points.

The visitors are clearly an improving side, their win over Heath, 57-17 four weeks ago was over a side badly depleted through injury.

They have subsequently beaten bottom club Knottingley and last week were victors over Redcar in the cup.

Brods are still sore following their defeat last week to Heath.

After an improvement in form over the previous three weeks, the Woodhead men slipped into some of their old habits last Saturday falling to a narrow defeat to their neighbours from West Vale.

There was certainly no lack of effort from the Hipperholme side, however their sluggish start and the fact that 17 points were shipped during the first 20 minutes did not help their cause.

A single bonus point had no effect on their league position and a home win would be essential to Brods’ aspirations for weekly improvement and progress up the league table.

Coach John Cole and his boys will be looking to put things straight for their loyal home supporters and must improve with a good start and more clinical finishing.

The second team travel to their York counterparts in the championship and will be looking to continue their good form following a win at home to Huddersfield YMCA last Saturday.

On Sunday Brods Junior Colts will be taking on Harrogate at home in the Premier League (12.30).

Brods will be putting out a strong side with both of their Northern Division flankers in the side.

Brodie Wilson and Liam Parfitt took part recently in the Rose’s U18 clash, but on different sides of the rose.

Brodie played for the winning Yorkshire side and Liam (from Saddleworth and attending Rishworth School) Lancashire.

The club is very proud that both boys have now been selected for the Northern age group squad.

BRODS were pleased to collect more than £800 in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity at the game with Heath.

The collection was made at the gate and no entrance fee was charged as the club were not looking to profit from the unfortunate accident resulting in a bad leg injury and the abandonment of the previous encounter five weeks ago.