Consistency is Plant’s New Year resolution

Heath coach Kevin Plant is preaching the need for consistency as his side prepare to open 2013 at home to Scarborough in Yorkshire One tomorrow.

Heath finished 2012 in style, downing high flying Driffield 23-20 in East Yorkshire with a makeshift line up.

But that result came hot on the heels of a home hammering by Huddersfield YMCA, while this weekend’s opponents stormed home by 70 points earlier in the season, leaving Plant to ask the obvious question.

“It’s about consistency,” said the West Vale boss.

“We have shown the ability is there and that makes it frustrating.

“We know we can beat anyone in this league, but it is about doing it week in, week out.

“We have a good run of home fixtures this month - three out of four - and it’s a good chance to string some results together now.

“The game at Scarborough was not our finest moment; it ended up being pretty embarrassing.

“It would be nice to set the record straight tomorrow.”

Heath resumed training after their Christmas break last night, although unsurprisingly Plant was not anticipating widespread changes to the team that shocked Driffield.

“I think we’ll have a few more players available for selection, but it would be pretty harsh on the guys who performed at Driffield if we made a lot of changes,” he said.

Old Brodleians coach John Cole is bracing himself for the toughest of starts to 2013.

The Woodhead men, fourth from bottom of Yorkshire One, face the top four sides plus derby rivals Heath in their first five outings of the new year.

That run starts tomorrow at home to leaders Huddersfield YMCA, who notched huge wins against Heath and Knottingley in their final two outings of 2012.

Cole, speaking after his club’s 17-7 defeat at home to division-higher Cleckheaton in the annual Boxing Day test, said: “We would be happy to win two out of five of those games.

“After that we have an easier run and we are hoping to establish a mid-table position before the end of the season.

“We are on 27 points and we could climb to sixth with a few wins because the table is very tight.”

Most of Cole’s first teamers sat out the Cleckheaton game and they will need to hit the ground running against a YM side who have the strength in midfield and pace out wide to make the Hipperholme men suffer if, like Heath, they fail to get on top of a young visiting pack.