Revenge bid for Brodleians

OLD Brodleians banked five points in their North One East safety bid last Saturday and coach Ian Armitage would dearly like another success at home to Malton and Norton tomorrow.

The Woodhead men grabbed their big chance of a first win up the A1 this season when four tries from No 8 Luke Scrimshaw helped them add to the woes of bottom club Team Northumbria in a 43-8 success.

That ensures they are in good heart to face fellow Yorkshire opponents, who were runaway 47-6 winners of the first meeting this season on October 15.

Malton and Norton, promoted from Yorkshire One last season, were 31-5 home winners against Northern six days ago and have a great chance of finishing in the top half of the table.

Brods are 12 points clear of the teams occupying the expected three relegation places and believe the score from the first clash against tomorrow’s foes wasn’t a fair reflection of their ability.

Armitage’s men looked the better side for half an hour but after going in at the break trailing 11-6 they lost skipper Scrimshaw, prop Dave Skinner and scrum half Joe Armitage to injury and fell away.

All that trio are now recovered and Brods emerged injury-free from the trip to Newcastle six days ago.

Lee Scrimshaw is working tomorrow, so hooker Rob Jennings may continue in the back row, while experienced back Adam Standeven is available again after being unable to travel last week.

Brods seconds host Old Crossleyans. They will be looking to bounce back from a 17-12 home defeat last weekend at the hands of Bradford and Bingley Barbarians.