Time to lock horns again as Brods start new campaign

Old Brodleians start their Yorkshire One campaign with a home derby on Saturday against Old Crossleyans (3pm).

It was season 2011-2012 when the clubs last played each other when they were in North East One.

Brods were relegated that year alongside Gateshead and Team Northumbia, finishing 10th of the 12 clubs after failing to beat Morpeth in a crucial encounter.

Crocs stayed up by the skin of their teeth following a gritty end to their season.

That year Woodhead outfit Brods had few highlights but the two that stood out were the double over Crocs – a 20-13 away win in early season and a very closely fought 19-17 home victory in December.

Brods know they will be facing the usual uncompromising Crossleyans on Saturday and will give them due respect. Chairman Richard Turner commented: “I am sure that like ourselves five years ago, they will not find it easy in this league which seems to get stronger every year.

“With so many local derbies and with such quality throughout the league, who knows where the two clubs will be next April as the season builds to its crescendo?

“We have recruited well this summer with the arrival of Jack Andrews, Tom’s brother who can play back-row or hooker, and Josh Crickmay at tight-head, who has worked hard in pre-season and looks like he will be a real asset.

“It is also great to welcome back James Marshall, who has been playing at Cleckheaton and then Elland ARL, and Oliver Akroyd and Alex Dawson from Cleckheaton. The return of the Scrimshaw brothers will give the pack some extra ‘grunt’ in the exchanges.

“Leaving for the time being is Rob Jennings as he flies to Australia next week, and he will be missed.

“We will obviously miss Sterling Ross from the line-up together with Kyle Millward who is working in Sri Lanka.

“We also signed Simanu Tusiga. ‘Manu’ hails from Samoa and has been playing alongside Callum Thompson in Chicago either in the back-row or at centre. Cody Whitaker will arrive from New Zealand next month and he, too, has been playing in Chicago.”