Ovenden hit form

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Ovenden welcome Castleford Panthers in Division Two of the National Conference tomorrow looking to maintain the momentum that saw them win 30-18 at Stanningley last weekend.

Gareth English’s side started slowly in Leeds, but turned things around to register what turned out to be a dominant win.

“We were slow out of the blocks, which is something we need to work on because we want to be starting like a house on fire,” said English, who took the official man of the match award himself, but nominated centre Jason Dodd and fellow forward Chris Geoghegan as stand-out performers.

“We went 12-0 down early on, but we ran in 30 unanswered points after that before they got a late try that made it look closer than it was.

“If we can sort the starts out, I think we are a match for anyone in this league.”

Ovenden will welcome back Matty Collins and Luke O’Meara tomorrow

Elland make the long trip to Kells in Division Two tomorrow, fresh from breaking their duck with a 46-10 thrashing of Castleford Panthers.

Karl Fairbank’s side had lost their opening fixtures to Ovenden and Oldham St Annes and their fate looked in the balance when they led just 16-10 after 60 minutes.

But a crucial score swung the game Elland’s way and the home side faded badly in the closing stages.

“We got a try and that was them gone,” said Fairbank. “After that, we scored try after try and it was a relief to get a win after a couple of bad results.

“Kells will be a difficult game but I honestly believe this is the strongest squad we have had since we came back into the Conference.”