Brods looking to complete a double of trebles

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Old Brodleians completed a hat-trick of wins the last time they faced Pontefract and they will be looking to do the same again in the rematch at Woodhead tomorrow (3.0).

John Cole’s men won the away fixture 33-29 in early November, having previously beaten Scarborough and Knottingley.

They go into tomorrow’s contest against the Moor Lane side with confidence buoyed by successes over Heath and Scarborough in the last fortnight.

However, it has generally been a difficult season for the injuyry-ravaged Brods, who are by no means out of the woods in their fight to beat the drop in Yorkshire One.

Last weekend’s 16-5 home win over a modest Scarborough side kept them eight points clear of the bottom two and tomorrow’s game represents another opportunity for points which they are keen to take.

“The way things are going we have got to fancy our chances,” said Cole, who conceded that Brods had been out of sorts in the first half last week before improving markedly up the slope after the break.

The turning point came immediately before half time when good work from Ben Acklam and Danny Wood enabled Brods to strike from long range through winger Danny Chappell, Wood’s kick making it 7-5 to Brods after fullback Corey Dennis’s unconverted try for Scarborough on 13 minutes.

Three second half penalties from Wood were reward for Brods’ increasing superiority and Cole added: “We played alright in the second half.

“They are all good performances when you are near the bottom and picking up points!”

Chris Hartley became the latest addition to the injury list last week, being helped off with what appeared to be knee ligament damage.

Heath coach Kevin Plant has question marks over the fitness of four players ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Bridlington in Yorkshire One.

Giles Hetherington, Ollie Wilby, Chris Moore and Mark Puttick all sustained injuries in last week’s 20-20 stalemate at Barnsley.

“They were all in the treatment room this week and I am hopeful,” said Plant, whose side missed out 31-30 to tomorrow’s foes in the reverse fixture.

“If there’s one that might miss out it is Wilby, but we’ll see.

“The games against Bridlington are generally feisty, high scoring affairs and we’re expecting another tough test.”

Plant’s side had a chance to win last week’s game on the final kick, just as they had against Old Brodleians a week earlier, only for Ezra Hinchcliffe’s kick to drift wide.

“We were 20-15 down in the last minute then scored a try through Dom Walsh,” said Plant. “Young Ezra took the kick on, but it was a difficult chance and it went wide.

“Our performance in the scrummage was fantastic again and really gave us a platform to go on and win the game.

“We’re not really getting the reward that some of our play deserves at the moment but hopefully that will change tomorrow.”