Brods’ tough test

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Old Brodleians face one of the biggest challenges of the season on Saturday when they travel to second in the table Ilkley.

The Hipperholme side enjoyed a weekend off last Saturday while Ilkley were progressing in the quarter final of the Yorkshire Shield competition with a home 26-0 win over fellow Yorkshire One side, North Ribblesdale.

The last time the two sides met was at Woodhead in October when the Brods were victorious in a closely fought contest, 17-13.

Since then Ilkley have gone on to be undefeated, although they have drawn two games against Selby, 0-0 in December, and with Scarborough 17-17 on their travels.

They have suffered just one other defeat early season at Dinnington.

Ilkley no doubt will be confident, however Brods will be looking for another determined display after their last home game.

The valuable, narrow victory over local rivals Heath, was a moral booster for the Hipperholme club and they will be looking to build on that display with another good performance on their travels.

The talented Josh Allen has recovered from the knock which forced him from the field against Heath and will surely continue in the position of scrum-half in the continued absence of Joe Armitage.

Danny Cole has recovered from the injury which made him unavailable against Heath and Phil Town will certainly be considered following his long injury lay-off which has seen him miss most of the season.

In the forwards there are unlikely to be many changes and it is in this area that the Brods will look to be superior over their hosts .

The second team entertai close rivals Huddersfield at Woodhead with a view to cementing their position at the top of the West Yorkshire Premiership.

Meanwhile, the Beavers are also at home to local rivals Halifax Vandals (2.15).

On Sunday, the Senior Colts will be at home to Sheffield Tigers where they will be looking to confirm their position as Yorkshire Premiership champions following their progressesion to the fifth round of the National Cup.