Bloem wary of slip up

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Halifax Vandals will face the “biggest banana skin of the season” when Hornsea arrive at Warley in Yorkshire Four tomorrow.

The East Yorkshire side conceded a staggering 118 points against Halifax a fortnight ago, cementing their early-season status as the competition’s whipping boys.

But Bloem, whose reign as coach encountered a rare setback when they lost 16-10 in last weekend’s rearranged fixture at Wetherby, is wary of expectations of another points avalanche.

“I have told the boys that this is potentially the biggest banana skin we will come across this season,” said Bloem.

“Halifax obviously put a load of points on them, but they bounced back to win at York RI and I think we’re playing them at a really dangerous time.

“We just need to make sure we do the right things and play the game the way we want to play it.”

“We need to be more clinical than we were last week; we had three chances late in the game where we knocked the ball on with the try line open.”

Vandals will be without centre Adam Price, who is still suffering the after-effects of being kicked in the head three weeks ago.

“Adam is still struggling; he’s been having horrendous headaches and he’s been off work,” said Bloem.

“The guy that did it got five weeks for attacking another player’s head with his boot.

“That’s a joke.”

Heath, who host York tomorrow in Yorkshire One, lost their way in the final quarter and had to settle for a 24-24 draw at Pontefract last weekend.

They looked almost certain to bag only a second league win of the season when they led 24-7 but in the end they were relieved to cling on for a draw.

Matt Baxendale, Peter Birkett and Ewan Miller all touched down for the West Vale side and with Ezra Hinchliffe in top form with the boot it seemed Heath were on course for victory.

But Pontefract pressure finally culminated in an equalising penalty on 72 minutes, before Hincliffe’s late penalty, which would have given Heath the win, went wide to leave honours even.