Ball keen to get back on the field

Yorkshire Three leaders Old Rishworthians host Burley tomorrow with coach Damian Ball hoping his side get the chance to maintain their 15-point advantage at the summit of the division.

Rishworthians’ trip to Bramley fell victim to the freezing weather last Thursday evening, leaving Ball’s players kicking their heels rather than taking on one of the few sides who have any chance of chasing them down at the top.

“We were looking forward to it, so we were disappointed, but the postponement might end up working in our favour,” said Ball, whose side will now travel to Leeds on February 2.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks for the ground to hopefully dry out a little bit, which would probably suit our style a little bit more.

“I’m not sure whether we’re going to get a game against Burley, that’s obviously down to the weather, but the bigger concern is being able to train properly.

“We had to cancel last week’s session on the artificial pitch up at Park Lane school and I can see the same happening this week.

“That’s as disruptive as having games called off.”

If Rishies do play, they are likely to be at full strength, with James Clarke available again.

Halifax Vandals coach Ed Morane is plotting a raft of changes if the Yorkshire Four fixture at Old Otliensians goes ahead.

Morane said he was “realistic” about the odds of the game going ahead, but admitted he was keen to play the fixture if possible.

“I think it’s going to take a hell of a thaw, but it’s a good week for us in terms of team selection, so we’re keen to get a game,” said the player-boss.

Morane will switch into the second row, with the versatile Craig Sim taking the No. 8 shirt.

Paul Knapping returns at fly half, pushing Matt Farrar out to the wing.

Drew Drake and Nathan Harris form a new-look centre partnership.

“It’s about getting our best 15 players on the field at the same time,” said Morane.