Heath hoping for fresh faces against Selby

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Heath coach Kevin Plant is hoping to add a quartet of reinforcements to his side for tomorrow’s home game against Selby in Yorkshire One.

Plant, who watched his side go down 29-8 at league leaders Ilkley last weekend, could have Stephen Hare, Hamish Pratt, Jack Sheldrake and Duncan Edwards back in contention.

Hare missed the trip to Ilkley through illness, while Pratt has been nursing a knee problem.

Sheldrake, a young centre, is an infrequent presence due to university studies but is available tomorrow.

“We’ll see how the guys who have been ill and injured react to training before making our selection, but we could potentially have three or four back,” said Plant.

“That would obviously give us a few more options, which would be welcome for what will be a very tough game.

“Selby have scored 50 points in their last two games, so they’re obviously running into a little bit of form.

“It was a close game when we played them at their place, but they got away with it in the last 10 minutes or so.”

While last week’s result looks a poor one on paper, Plant said he was encouraged by his players’ efforts against Ilkley after they led their hosts 8-5 at half time.

“It was a positive performance despite the result,” said Plant.

“We were in front at the break and we had a try disallowed which would probably have made it 15-5.

“If that had been given, they might have started to panic a little bit.

“As it was, they got on top of us early in the second half and ended up with what looks like a comfortable win.

“But speaking to their officials after the game, I think they’d agree the scoreline flattered them a little bit.”

Halifax Vandals welcome Wetherby in Yorkshire Four, with Jamie Bloem’s side back in action after last weekend’s postponement at Sheffield Oaks.

The Oaks fixture was washed out, leaving Bloem to shuffle his resources and his training schedule ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“We had a great training session on Saturday lunchtime instead and then quite a few of the boys played for the seconds, which should help us this weekend,” said Bloem.

“This is a game we have targeted; we looked at the fixtures at Christmas and picked out the ones where we felt we could take maximum points and this was one of them.

“Everyone’s fit and available and it should be a good contest.”