Halifax bid to turn up heat on leaders

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Halifax are aiming to pile on the pressure in the Yorkshire Four promotion hunt tomorrow with a win over Mosborough at Ovenden Park.

Mark Walton’s side are third after convincingly outpointing derby rivals Halifax Vandals 33-13 in last weekend’s contest at Warley.

And with a showdown against leaders Otliensians looming on December 14, captain Dwaine West is keen to maintain the momentum.

“It was a good win last week and everything went pretty much to plan,” he said. “We are a point off Stocksbridge and six off Otliensians, so the game against them is going to be a big one; if we won that then I would start to think good things might happen.

“The main thing is not to get complacent, but we’ve such a good set of lads that I don’t think that will be a problem.

“Over the last three or four seasons we’ve never actually beaten Mosborough as far as I can remember; they’ve been a bit of a bogey side. Hopefully we can change that tomorrow.”

Halifax’s attacking options will be bolstered by the return of young centre Ben Benn who has been absent since the first game of the season with a torn bicep.

“Ben should be in contention providing he got the final all clear from the doctors,” said West. “We’ve got some good options at centre with him and Gareth Matthews and Jack Fairbank.

“I’m glad that selection’s Mark’s headache and not mine.”

Mixed Ability Rugby Team- Halifax Magpies will take to the pitch to play local rivals Bradford Bumble Bees at Ovenden Park on Sunday (1pm).

Old Brodleians face Bridlington on the east coast tomorrow, looking to atone for a crushing 55-5 defeat at the same venue last season.

Bridlington, Intermediate Cup finalists last season, have not been enjoying the same level of success this term, with only three wins from 12 starts in league rugby.

Brods had a 19-13 home win over struggling Acklam last Saturday and will be looking to step up to a higher level.

Back rower Ryan Harris is a major doubt with a back strain. Joe Armitage will be out for several weeks with a shoulder problem, although understudy Dom Georgiou’s performance last weekend was encouraging.