Elland ready to joust with Knights after win

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Elland host Normanton Knights tomorrow in Division Two of the National Conference with coach Karl Fairbank keen to maintain the momentum created by last weekend’s 29-26 derby victory over Ovenden.

A late drop goal from Cayci Pearson and an even later penalty from Phil Taylor broke a 26-26 deadlock to secure local bragging rights for the former Test prop and his players.

“It was always in the balance, which is what you expect in those games,” said Fairbank.

“I’m not so sure either team will be really happy with the way they played, but it’s not about that.

“It’s all about getting the result, because that is what people will remember; the performance is soon forgotten.

“It would be nice to keep it going now and get another win tomorrow, but it won’t be easy.

“Normanton are one of the better teams we’ll play this season.”

Last week’s success came at a price for Elland, with centre Richard Crawshaw breaking his nose and hooker Dave Webb and loose forward Jack Fairbank both breaking their hands.

“You get games like that sometimes, so we’ll just get on with it,” said Fairbank.

Young hooker Tom Hall will come into the reckoning, rounding off a week that saw him selected for BARLA’s under 19 trip to Ukraine, alongside his club teammate Judd Fairbank.

“Tom’s a really capable young player and he’ll come straight into the side,” said Fairbank.