Walton rings the changes

Halifax will “go for broke” against Old Grovians in Yorkshire Four tomorrow as coach Mark Walton seeks to halt a sequence of catastrophic defeats against the Bradford outfit.

The two sides have met three times in league and cup action in the last 12 months, with Grovians running in a total of 160 points.

That has led to Walton taking an all-or-nothing approach to this weekend’s fixture, drafting in teenage wingmen Elliott Hoyle and Louis Pinder, young forward Sam Donoghue and the Elland RL player Craig Heppenstall at full back.

“There’s absolutely no point going with the same team and the same pattern of play,” said Walton, who will be missing skipper Tony Curtis with work commitments.

“We are going to give it a real go, go for broke, and try and restore some pride.

“I’m looking for an improvement, and if we get that I think we can be reasonably satisfied.

“I think we’ve had a problem with our mindset against Grovians because of what’s happened in the past and I’m hoping that having some younger players in there will help.

“They tend to have less fear and worry less about making decisions.”

Old Rishworthians boss Damian Ball hopes his side’s two week lay off will help rather than hinder their Yorkshire Three title push ahead of tomorrow’s trip to high-flying Bramley.

Ball’s side have a commanding 15-point lead at the top of the ladder as the league programme emerges from the big freeze.

And while he described the recent disruption to training and playing as a “bit of a nightmare” he is hopeful his team will be better for it.

“In all honesty, even though we’ve been picking up the wins, our form over the last few weeks has not been that great,” said Ball.

“The last two weeks have obviously been very disruptive, but I am hoping it might work for us rather than against us.

“Everyone has had a break so they should be refreshed and ready to go again.”