Rampant Halifax chase another scalp

Halifax are waiting on the fitness of a number of players ahead of their rearranged Yorkshire Four clash with Old Grovians.

Having seen off second-placed Harrogate and leaders Leeds Medics in successive weeks, Halifax face the third leg of a triple-header against the sides in the mix for promotion.

And after losing twice to the Apperley Bridge-based side last season and drawing 13-13 at home earlier in the season, Halifax know they face another dogfight.

However, that draw came at the start of Halifax’s 14-match unbeaten run in the league – and Ian Clarke’s men have come on leaps and bounds since then.

Clarke is waiting on the availability of Dean Cotton and Martin Smith before finalising his match-day 20.

Powerhouse prop Cotton has been sidelined with a broken toe while giant lock Smith missed the 21-15 win over Medics with a groin strain.

Halifax will definitely be without Tom Shaw, due to a twisted ankle. However, Elliot Fletcher and Nick Bell are both available.

Fletcher has recovered from a training ground knock, while Bell is back from his Navy commitments.

Craig Smith, Stu Hill and Richard Booth are carrying knocks but they have been passed fit to play.

OLD Brodleians and Heath are without first team games tomorrow on an afternoon when the only league games taking place are re-arrangements.

Brods seconds are at home to their Huddersfield counterparts in a Yorkshire Merit table contest.

They will be keen to follow up last week’s 30-27 home win over Hull Ionians.

Heath thirds host Ossett while on Sunday the club’s under 17s face Stockport in the second round/northern semi-final of the National Cup (2.0), having beaten Stoke in the first round.