Rugby union: Different scrum half for Brods at Ponte

OLD Brodleians coach Ian Armitage is keeping faith with the majority of his mis-firing backs for tomorrow's trip to Pontefract in North One East tomorrow (2.15).

While many aspects of the Woodhead's club play have improved this season, Brods are not as potent in attack and they never looked like scoring a try in last week's disappointing 12-3 home defeat to promotion-hunting Percy Park.

Armitage has restored his son Joe to the scrum half spot for this weekend in the hope that a quicker service will give skipper Richard Holborough a little more time to get the threequarters running.

Danny Melia misses out and Armitage senior said: "It is a shame for Danny because he is a great organiser and been of benefit to the forwards."

The rest of the backs have been warned they need to perform with numerous other players knocking on the first team door.

They include Louis Butler, who will start if fullback Jack Moon is unable to play due to county commitments. Chris Hartley may come onto the bench if that happens.

Rob Jennings came off with a knee injury against Park and Brods are hoping the improving hooker will be fit. If not, Jamie McLaughlin may switch from prop with Scott Parkin or young Jonjo Ward coming in.

Brods missed a chance to climb from fifth to third last week but should have reasonable prospects of getting back to winning ways against their West Yorkshire rivals.

Pontefract are third from bottom and haven't played since November 20 when they lost 18-5 at home to Wheatley Hills. That was their fifth success defeat, their last success coming by 27-25 at home to Old Crossleyans on October 9.

They went down 22-18 at Woodhead in early October and Armitage said: "We don't seem to be able to beat them by many, if it all.

"Any injuries they have had should be sorted out and we will need to have full levels of concentration."