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ELLAND are on a retrieval mission at home to East Leeds tomorrow (2.30) after last week’s first defeat of the shortened Conference season at home to Oulton Raiders.

It wasn’t so much that the Greetland Community Centre side lost 34-12 to their visitors from Leeds six days ago, it was the manner of their eclipse which disappointed coach Karl Fairbank.

“It was our worst performance of the season - we just didn’t turn up and it was a really poor performance,” he said.

It was Oulton’s first win and their Group D colleagues East Leeds have a much better record, so Elland will need to up their game.

At least Elland have a fair idea of what to expect because East Leeds were also in Division Two last season.

“We won one and lost one against them,” added Fairbank. “They were one of the stronger sides but faded away.”

East Leeds had two giant props in the away match and battered Elland down the middle so Fairbank is bracing his side for another tough physical challenge.

He is not helped by the absence of big guns Mark Shickell (hamstring) and James Fairbank (holidays) but Elland should not be short of quality with Miles Fairbank, Brad Ratcliffe and Ben Hinsley back in the mix after ending Academy commitments with the Halifax and Huddersfield academy side