Cole surprised by the visitors’ ambition

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Old Brodleians coach John Cole admitted his surprise that Wath-Upon-Dearne hadn’t settled for a draw at Woodhead last Saturday.

The visitors turned down two kickable penalties in the frantic closing stages in their fruitless search for a winning try.

“I’m astonished they didn’t go for goal,” aid Cole.

“Getting a draw away is like a win at home.”

Cole praised his side for toughing it out in heavy conditions which he felt suited the experienced visitors more than his home side.

He thought prop Callum Thompson and back rower Ed Botha had been the pick of his players.

Brods travel to Keighley tomorrow. Their hosts were crushed 55-15 at Selby last Saturday and are next to bottom with only two wins.

Cole said: “It is always tough to beat Keighley over there.

“It is going to take a big effort to get a win.”

Brods’ lengthy injury list has been clearing but Cole’s son Dan, who plays at stand-off, injured a hamstring late in the game against Wath.