Pressure’s off as Crocs head for Sheffield

Heath will be hoping to take out last Saturday’s frustrations on hosts Barnsley in Yorkshire One tomorrow.

Barnsley are bottom but after four defeats in a row - including a 21-20 home defeat to local rivals Old Brodleians six days ago - Kevin Plant’s men will be taking nothing for granted.

Ninth-placed Heath haven’t any worries about the drop at this stage but will be anxious to halt their slide after failing to press home their advantage in the forwards last week.

An unlucky bounce for Brods’ first try and a Charlie Lomas conversion which hit a post were other signs that it was not Heath’s day.

The forwards accounted for 15 of last week’s points through a penalty try and others from flanker Jeff Jones and returning No 8 Ian Downsborough. Giles Hetherington kicked a drop goal but Lomas managed just one conversion and that proved costly.

Plant said: “We kicked well in the first half but it was different in the second half and we made a few silly errors when we were in a good position.

“The backs also seem to have lost their cutting edge and that is an area I will have to take a look at.”

Heath appeared to emerge injury-free from last weekend’s fluctuating contest and Plant should have more options against Barnsley with young backs Ezra Hinchliffe and Jack Sheldrake back from skiing and Danny Ramsden available if required in the back row.

Halifax Vandals make the long trip to Hornsea in Yorkshire Four tomorrow, with player-coach Ed Morane wary of opponents who have found form in recent weeks after a sluggish start to the season.

The east coast side are currently sixth on the ladder, three places clear of the Warley outfit, who are returning to action after a weekend off.

“They’re certainly not a team to be taken lightly,” said Morane.

“Historically, they’re not strong and they were getting pumped by most sides in the autumn.

“But they’ve been going okay recently and they’re above us now, so we’ve certainly no reason to be complacent.”

Morane will make several enforced changes, with Drew Drake and Jon Isherwood both unavailable.

The compensation is the a return for the Kazmierski family, father Mark and son Janik, in the back row.

And Morane also reported a positive reaction to two training sessions run by Rugby Football Union development officer Chris Stone.

“They’ve been fantastic sessions,” he said.