Brods on the double trail at Abbeydale Park

OLD Brodleians head to Sheffield tomorrow (2.15) in search of more points in their North One East survival quest.

It promises to be a stern examination against their fourth-placed hosts but the Woodhead men had one of their best results of the season against the Abbeydale Park side when they had home advantage on October 22.

Ian Armitage’s side won 20-19 and had no relegation fears at that stage but they lost their next six matches to slide down the table.

A 43-8 win at whipping boys Team Northumbria three weeks since lifted Brods 12 points clear of the drop zone and long-serving Adam Standeven revealed the club’s target for the rest of the season.

“We have eight games left and we want to win at least 50 per cent of them and more if possible,” he said.

Both sides are likely to lack a bit of match fitness but Brods should have plenty of players to pick from with the likes of forwards Dave Skinner and Lee Scrimshaw and backs Joe Armitage and Richard Holborough likely to be back in the mix.

However, long-serving prop Jamie McLaughlin continues to be an absentee due to a knee injury.

Experienced forward John Dudley is likely to be a key man for the hosts, who also have a deadly goalkicker in Irish fly-half Donal Collins.

Brods’ seconds and thirds are away to Wharfedale.