Brods need to improve again

SURPRISE North One East table-toppers Old Brodleians put their unbeaten record on the line away to Middlesbrough tomorrow.

The much-changed Woodhead men made it four wins out of four with a fine comeback at home to Percy Park six days ago but this represents probably their toughest test yet.

The Acklam Park outfit were relegated from National Three North last season but have made a bright start in the section below, making it three wins out of four with a 20-14 win at Northern in their latest match.

Brods are in the usual position of attempting to plug gaps - a job they had done admirably so far this season.

The forwards have been particularly hard hit with Ollie Hawkins sitting out tomorrow’s contest prior to getting married the following weekend.

Fellow lock Ollie Davidson and prop Calum Thompson have knee injuries and Steve Shaw is also sidelined but Rob Jennings should return at hooker.

Louie Butler looks set to return on the wing for Martin Jackson, who cannot travel, while Jonny Hotham and DD Martin are other players coming back into contention for places in the backs.

The seconds, beaten 31-13 last week at Hull Ionians, entertain Otley seconds.

HALIFAX’S quest for a second win of the season in Yorkshire Four goes on at home to Wetherby.

Ian Clarke’s men lost 44-34 at Knaresborough last weekend while tomorrow’s visitors were going down 22-12 at Old Grovians.