Brods will not press the panic button, says Cole

Struggling Old Brodleians are not about to press the panic button after two damaging home defeats in the space of eight days.

Had the Woodhead men been on the right end of close scorelines against Heath and York, they would now be sitting comfortably in mid-table in Yorkshire One.

Instead, they travel to next-to-bottom Barnsley tomorrow with just four sides below them and possibly facing a fight to avoid a second successive relegation.

John Cole, who took over as coach this season, said: “We have just fallen the wrong side of a couple of close results but I don’t think we are doing a lot wrong.”

Having won their last two away games, at Knottingley and Pontefract, he said there was no reason why his side shouldn’t head to Barnsley with optimism.

Brods led 14-0 after 23 minutes against a York side just above them in the table last Saturday, thanks to long-range strikes from young wingers Eddie Carter and Mike Briggs and two Dan Wood conversions.

York responded through fullback Joe Kirker on 34 minutes and cut the deficit in the second half to two points with a brace of unconverted tries from close range by replacement forward Joe Maud.

York stand off Ben Johnson had been unconvincing but crucially hit the target with a straightforward penalty two minutes from time to give the visitors victory.

Cole said: “It was very disappointing that a minor indiscretion round the edges of a ruck with two minutes left cost us the game.”

The coach felt his side had generally stood up well to a huge York pack and second half rain had not helped their cause.

“We have had very limited time so far to put in place some poor weather options,” he said.

Flanker Andy Finn returned to professional rugby league before last Saturday’s game, this time on trial at Featherstone Rovers.

Halifax will look to be on their morale-boosting win over Knaresborough when they travel to Mosborough in Yorkshire Four tomorrow.

Halifax snapped their losing streak with a 32-22 win over the North Yorkshire outfit at Ovenden Park - however Mosborough will present a much different challenge.

While Knaresborough have been struggling at the bottom of Yorkshire Four, Mosborough are challenging for promotion and are notoriously difficult to beat at home.

Coach Mark Walton will be buoyed by the return of Shaun Youell at prop, while Stephen Jones comes in on the wing.

Stephen Simpson and Nick Elvidge face late fitness tests, while Chris Camplin is poised to make his first appearance of the season.

Dwaine West is definitely ruled out, while Nick Bell, John Robertson and Karl Copeland are unavailable