Elland looking for a win to ensure safety

Elland bring the curtain down on their Division Two season against Widnes West Bank at Greetland Community Centre tomorrow afternoon.

And while there is officially nothing but pride on the line for coach Karl Fairbank and his players, the former Great Britain forward admits recent rumours of a restructuring of the National Conference has sharpened Elland’s focus.

“There’s talk that they are going to split the league again and make a third division, with some of the teams from the summer conference like Coventry and Nottingham,” said Fairbank.

“It’s just rumours at the moment, and it might never happen, but we need to make sure we finish as high as possible, just in case.

“If we get a win tomorrow we will probably end up fifth or sixth and you would have thought we’d be out of it then.

“It would also be nice to finish the year off with a win and end on a high note.”

Elland were comfortably eclipsed 50-6 at promoted Dewsbury Celtic last weekend, with Fairbank’s cause not helped by travelling with only 13 players.

“We had quite a few unavailable and young Richard Crawshaw was missing after he broke his jaw the week before at Heworth,” said Fairbank.

“We should have a strong side out tomorrow though.”

A Halifax select masters team will take on the touring Australians at Heath Rugby Union Club tonight (7.0).

The over 35s showdown, which will see players drawn from the Siddal and King Cross Park set ups do battle with the green and golds, is a warm up for Sunday’s England v Australia international at Stanningley.

“There’s always a bit of an edge for any game against the Aussies, so it should be a good night,” said organiser Pat Moore.

Admission is free.