No day off for Brods as Selby arrive in town for league clash

Matt Willis scores for Brods against Heath
Matt Willis scores for Brods against Heath

The condition of the first team field has been the subject of much debate at Woodhead in recent weeks .

The extreme amount of water deposited on it over the last three months has led the club restricting games to first XV fixtures only.

This has meant that since the end of November there have only been three games featuring the loss to North Ribblesdale and the victories over Wath and Heath.

Brods were disappointed not to be able to play last week’s away game at Ilkley. Beaver Park was unplayable and the home fixture with Cleckheaton was also cancelled.

This coming weekend should have been a blank one for Brods and Selby should be playing in the Yorkshire Shield against Scarborough.

However, the league takes precedence and so Selby will travel to Woodhead to engage in a fixture which is bound to be affected by the conditions.

The going at best is likely to be heavy yet this might suit the home team as they have adapted well when required to in such conditions and Selby it would appear prefer the top of the ground for their pacy backs.

Brods will be hoping that Matt Willis can play following his groin injury and Loma Kivalu from a problem with his knee incurred a couple of weeks ago.

Callum Thompson will have returned from holiday and Ed Botha will be available following recent family commitments.

Danny Cole and Phil Town were also in the mix last week after injuries and are likely to also be considered.

Brods remain in seventh place in Yorkshire One as results last weekend worked out well for them, particularly Heath’s victory at York.

The Hipperholme outfit will be looking forward to the game and will have respect for their opponents as they are the form team in the league.

However, Brods do perform better against the sides who like to play a more open game so it should be another engaging tussle on Saturday afternoon (2.15).

The Beavers are at home and the seconds have no fixture this weekend.

On Sunday, the U16s and U14s have home games against Malton and Norton and Sheffield respectively. The minis are also at home and entertain Wharfedale.