Brods hoping for home revenge in survival quest

OLD Brodleians coach Ian Armitage has targeted tomorrow’s home game with Malton and Norton as one of three his side need to win to ensure North One East survival.

On the evidence of the first meeting, which tomorrow’s visitors won 45-6 in October, that could be a tall order but ground advantage may help the Hipperholme men turn the tables.

Brods have won six from nine at Woodhead this season while tomorrow’s sixth-placed visitors have discovered that it is very hard to win on your travels in this section following promotion. Their sole success in seven trips so far came by 45-28 at Northern in early October.

Brods certainly appear to have the greater incentive tomorrow. Malton and Norton are out of the promotion hunt while Brods are still not safe yet.

Armitage’s men do, however, have a handy 15-point cushion over third-from-bottom Old Crossleyans - who do not have a game tomorrow - courtesy of the losing bonus point they collected in the 11-6 defeat at Sheffield six days ago.

The Abbeydale game was marred by Matt Hoyle’s broken arm, adding to an already extensive list of absentees. With Richard Holborough (back) a doubt, Brods will be stretched in the backs and Adam Standeven, Louis Butler, Ian Mallard and Nathan Scott will all be in contention.

The Scrimshaw brothers, Luke and Lee, should both be available for pack duty again. However, teenage prop Alex Dawson is unavailable so Gareth Moger could make his debut from the bench.

Brods seconds have a Yorkshire Premier fixture at Otley and are likely to include several of their successful colts side.