Heath coach Kevin Plant is predicting a “ very testing 80 minutes” ahead of tomorrow’s Yorkshire One derby date at Old Brodleians.
The out-of-sorts local rivals have just one league win between them so far; Heath finally breaking their duck with a 21-6 success against Knottingley last time out while Brods remained win-less after being beaten by Driffield.
For Plant though, all bets are off ahead of the showdown at Woodhead.
“It’s a derby, both sides will raise their game as they always do,” said Plant.
“They’re having a tough time at the moment but Hipperholme is always a difficult place to play and they’ll be keen to give us a very testing 80 minutes.
“But we hope to make it very testing for them too.
“We did not play that well last week at all; our performance at Ilkley the week before was our best of the season and we got nothing for it.
“But hopefully we are on the up now.”
Plant blamed Heath’s barren start on injuries, adding: “I have never known anything like these last few weeks.
“We recruited well, but since the start of the season it’s been one thing after another.”
Plant believes the West Vale side are still “four or five” players shy of their first choice 15, with prop James Watson unavailable for tomorrow’s game.
Brods will have Jamie McLoughlin and Ben Acklam returning in the pack.
In the backs, teenage centre Phil Town, a graduate of last year’s successful colts side, returns following his ankle injury and Carlos Pradenas will play on the wing following a brief cameo appearance from the bench last week.
Praden has arrived at Hipperholme after meeting Woodhead player Danny Vento last year in home town Santiago.