Heath could have seven back in the frame

Heath coach Kevin Plant hopes to have as many as seven players back for tomorrow’s visit from Pontefract, who have won two out of six in Yorkshire One.

Key scrummager James Watson, fellow prop Ollie Cook, blind side Liam Sharp and lock or back rower Jamie Richardson may all return to the pack, although Heath will of course be without last weekend’s broken leg victim Will Nicholson for a considerable time.

Ben Littlewood, Jarrod Morris and Rob Thackray are all contenders to return to the back line.

Plant will be hoping the result will stand from last weekend’s abandoned game at Old Brodleians, in which the visitors were 12-10 up before Nicholson’s injury, although no decision had been made as Courier Sport went to Press.

He was happy with his side’s performance during the bulk of the 63 minutes of action which took place.

Sam Pollard’s try from the influential Giles Hetherington’s chip through midway through the first half enabled Heath to draw level at 7-7.

It remained that way up to half time and when winger Luke Clogher dived in wide on the left in the first minute of the second half, the visitors looked set for a convincing win playing down the slope.

However, Charlie Lomas missed the conversion and an easy penalty and Brods had replied with a Dan Wood penalty and were enjoying more possession when the game was brought to a premature close.

Plant said: “We did exactly what we set out to do up the hill in the first half - boss the ball and dominate possession.

“In the last five minutes they wrestled the initiative back but I am still very confident that we would have finished the 80 minutes in front.”

Old Rishworthians coach Damian Ball wants his side to hone their ruthless streak ahead of tomorrow’s home date with Yorkshire Three strugglers York RI.

Rishies bolstered their position at the top of the league ladder with a 33-12 away win over Burley last weekend, although Ball admitted he was more satisfied with the result than aspects of the performance.

“We performed okay, but we are getting to the point in games where teams are ready to fold and then we’re backing off the gas,” he said.

“We were 21-0 up at one stage last week, but at that point people start thinking the game is in the bag.

“It’s difficult, but we definitely need to develop that ruthless streak.

“We did really well in patches, but we don’t need to start reading our own Press because we are not the finished article.”

Tomorrow’s visitors sit second from bottom of the table, and with a settled side at his disposal - the return of hooker Simon Edmondson will be one of the few changes - the Copley side will be expected to rattle up a cricket score.

“It’s about picking up another win and we’ll be picking the strongest side we can to make sure we do that,” said Ball.