Same again required for Heath

Heath travel to York looking for a repeat of the much-improved form they showed in beating second-placed Bridlington 28-15 at North Dean last week.

Tomorrow’s hosts are fifth, two places ahead of Kevin Plant’s side, in spite of losing 25-7 at Ilkley six days ago. Heath have one game in hand.

Recent games between the teams have been close, though Heath have not always done themselves justice.

Several regulars are still absent tomorrow but Matt Hallett, usually inspirational in attack and defence, returns.

Karl Craven is back after a week’s absence and slots into the fullback berth vacated by Sam Pollard following last week’s injury.

Heath are lucky to retain live-wire youngster Ezra Hinchliffe at centre, bearing in mind his other playing commitments, and Si Brown returns to the bench after injury.

The pack is without No 8 Jeff Jones, Dave Montgomery moving across from open side to cover. Olly Wilby wears seven and Olly Collinge starts at blind side.

The front five that destroyed Bridlington are unchanged and if they control the set and again contest well in open play, a potent-looking back line should benefit.

Forwards coach Ian Spence is absent so Ryan Hunter comes onto the bench alongside Will Nicholson, who has been shining for the seconds.

Heath seconds’ game with Skipton is off so they will meet Old Brodleians Beavers at West Vale instead.

There is no third XV game but the under 17s play Whitby away in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup (noon, meet 9.30). After last week’s National Cup victory the team is buoyant.

On Sunday, Heath under 14s travel to Huddersfield (12.0, meet 10.45).

The under 17s have a re-arranged league game at Doncaster next Wednesday and host Stockport in the second round of the National Cup on the following Sunday.