Brods head for the Hills in search of points

OLD Brodleians head to third-placed Wheatley Hills tomorrow desperate for points as their relegation fears grow in North One East.

The Hipperholme men have beaten only whipping boys Team Northumbria in six games this year, a 35-18 setback at home to Cleckheaton last Saturday leaving them fourth from bottom, 10 points above the drop zone.

The gap was 15 points before Old Crossleyans’ win over Sheffield and coach Ian Armitage admits: “I look for the Crocs result every week now.”

Two late converted tries, following an interception score which put Cleckheaton in front, meant the final score masked the close nature of the Woodhead game six days ago and Armitage believes his much-changed young side are not far away from producing what is required.

“For the last three games I thought we have been the better side but when you are down you just don’t get any luck,” he said.

At least Brods didn’t add to their injury list last weekend, although experienced back Adam Standeven and prop Dave Skinner are unavailable for the trip to Doncaster.

Young powerhouse Alex Dawson, who played as well as anyone last week, is likely to revert from lock to prop while Nathan Scott and Chris Hartley are candidates to replace Standeven in the centre.

Wheatley Hills appear to be in a battle with Middlesbrough and Percy Park for second spot behind Billingham.

Hills were thumped 31-0 at the leaders a fortnight since but made a more successful trip up the A1 last weekend when winning 19-15 at Northern.

Brods won this fixture last season by 11-10 but Hills gained revenge by 26-21 in the first meeting this season.

Matty Hoyle, who broke an arm last month, had an operation on Monday to fix a steel rod from his elbow to his shoulder.

The club’s seconds are at home to Hull Ionians in the Yorkshire Premier League.