Heath and Brods to resume battle

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OLD Brodleians entertain Heath on Saturday (2.15) in their rearranged Yorkshire One fixture following the abandonment of the game on October 6.

That contest was abandoned due to a serious injury to Heath flanker Will Nicholson and the RFU decided a replay was appropriate, however it was a most unsatisfactory end to the match.

Brods chairman Richard Turner commented yesterday: “The injury to Will was distressing enough both to the player and his family, however the delays encountered with the response by the ambulance service that day were not acceptable.

“We were pleased to hear that Will is making progress and I am sure he will be at Woodhead on Saturday supporting his teammates.

“From a rugby point of view both sides have found a little more form over the last few weeks.

“Brods have won their last three games. Knottingley were easily overcome in the last home game and the Woodhead boys followed up that victory with two notable scalps away at Scarborough and last week at Pontefract.”

The Hipperholme club look to be turning the corner and with steadily increasing numbers the club as a whole is in far better shape than at the beginning of the season.

Coach John Cole and his boys will be desperate to continue with their improving form so competition for places and selection problems as a result are a welcome issue prior to Saturday’s game.

Players returning to the squad this weekend include quick fire teenage winger Eddie Carter and Yorkshire Under 20s prop forward Alex Dawson. A few injuries were picked up last week, however all players are hopeful of turning out once more in what looks like a strong squad.

Heath were narrowly beaten last week at Bridlington, however they had their second victory of the season defeating Barnsley at home the week before.

The West Vale men have conceded some high scores, however in the 60 minutes play in the previous encounter last month they showed they are capable of some good rugby and will be tough nut for the Brods to crack.

The league is certainly throwing up a few surprises and it seems most sides are capable of turning over their opposition no matter what their position is in the league.

Turner recalled: “Many players have worn both jerseys over the years and there are several Heath players turning out on Saturday who played in their early days at Woodhead. Richard Cole at scrum- half is the brother of Brod’s coach John, and Giles Hetherington plus Oliver Wilby also played for the Brods as juniors.”