Heath boss Plant wrestles with stand off dilemma

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Heath coach Kevin Plant is facing a dilemma at fly half ahead of tomorrow’s home date with Ilkley in Yorkshire One.

Regular number 10 Ezra Hinchliffe is unavailable for the West Vale outfit, an absence that seems certain to force Plant into finding a makeshift replacement.

“Ezra’s been our star performer this season and we are a bit thin on the ground when it comes to replacements in that area,” said Plant, who lost two stand offs over the summer in Giles Hetherington, who joined Huddersfield, and Charlie Lomas, who no longer lives locally.

“We will have a look at training this week and see what we come up with.

“We are just going to have to slot someone in there this week as a one-off and we will adjust the game plan accordingly.”

Plant’s side lost out 18-11 to Scarborough last weekend on home soil, claiming a bonus point but leaving their coach non-plussed by their performance.

“We didn’t really threaten to win the game,” said Plant.

“We got off to a bad start and came back to lead 8-7 at one stage but we were definitely the second best side.

“Ilkley finished third last year so they’ll be difficult opponents; it is another game we can win, but it’s also a game we’ll lose if we don’t turn up and perform to a high standard.

“We are not exerting enough pressure on teams.

“We need to look after the ball better and get more phases of possession.”

Heath will welcome back prop James Watson and second row Ollie Cook, who returns after a two week suspension, while the Elland rugby league pair Cayci Pearson and Ben Hinsley are in line for their league debuts.

Halifax take a break from league action tomorrow when they host York in the Silver Trophy at Ovenden Park.

Mark Walton’s side will be looking to recover from last weekend’s 34-20 reverse at Wetherby with victory over the North Yorkshire outfit, who dropped out of Yorkshire Three last season.

“Last week was one of those games that just came and went,” said captain Dwaine West.

“York are in our division and were in Yorkshire Three last year so I think it’ll be a good contest.

“It’s been back to basics for us this week and hopefully that will pay dividends on the field.”