Fairbank expects to welcome back trio

Elland coach Karl Fairbank hopes to welcome back a trio of front rowers for tomorrow’s home date with Crosfields in Division Two.

Paul Davis, James Fairbank and Danny Fox all missed last weekend’s crushing 40-6 win over Eastmoor, leaving 18 year old Jorge Fairbank to shoulder the burden up front.

“Jorge was the man of the match for me,” said Fairbank, who had a quartet of under 18s - Chris Cullimore, Connor Scott, Chris Midwood and Richard Batty - on the bench.

“We tried to play as fast as we could and go wide as quickly as we could to compensate and it worked pretty well for us.

“Those three should all be in contention this week though which will give us some options up front.

“The young lads all gave 100 per cent though and they’ll certainly be there for us in the future.”

Tomorrow’s game, which will kick off at 1.30 at the request of the visitors, will see a second appearance for Ed Barber, the former Dewsbury professional and Elland junior who returned to the club last week.

“Ed probably over-tried a little bit and a lot of things didn’t quite come off for him, but he still set up three tries,” said Fairbank.

“He showed that extra class we were expecting though and he will certainly be a good player for us when he settles in a little bit.”