Brods go to Knottingley fighting relegation scrap

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Old Brodleians head to Knottingley tomorrow in a vital match in their Yorkshire One survival bid.

The Woodhead men halted a run of four league defeats with a creditable 7-7 draw at home to fourth-placed Ilkley last Saturday.

However, they are only six points clear of the drop zone, in which Barnsley and Knottingley currently reside.

Tomorrow’s hosts have only won three games all season but two of them have come in the last fortnight, by narrow margins at home to Heath and Scarborough.

That means tomorrow’s trip is fraught with danger for Brods, whose coach John Cole believes it is time to back up some improving performances against the leading sides with a win or two.

Cole, who hopes to have the influential Kyle Millward back in his pack tomorrow, said: “It’s a must-win game and we must approach it in the same way as if we are playing a top three or four side.

“If we don’t do that there is a danger we may fall in a hole.”

The Brods forwards have been going well and Cole is now hoping a back line in which youngsters Kristian Sharples and Phil Town are starting to find their feet can provide more of a threat.

Brods appeared to come through the Ilkley match without any additions to a lengthy injury list.

The sides both scored a converted try with the help of the slope, centre Craig Baker touching down for the visitors on 33 minutes, converted by stand off Mike Cochia, and Brods replying on 48 minutes through prop Callum Thompson, No 10 Dan Wood adding the goal.