Ovenden out to make the most of star forward

Andrew Brocklehurst
Andrew Brocklehurst

Andrew Brocklehurst made a devastating return to his roots in Ovenden’s 32-6 win over Normanton in Division Two of the Conference.

And coach Gareth Jones is expecting the former Salford, Halifax and London Broncos professional to have a similar impact when Askam visit the Four Fields promotion chasers tomorrow.

“Brock went really well and took the man of the match,” said Jones, who came through Ovenden’s junior teams alongside Brocklehurst, who spent the winter season with Halifax Irish, more than a decade ago.

“There’s no doubt he is going to make a big difference to us; the first time he took the ball forward he went straight through the line, he scored a nice try and made another.

“We need to make the most of him while he’s here, because he will be going back to Irish when the Pennine League kicks off on September 3.

“In theory, he could play 10 or 12 games, but I think he might want a break before their season starts.”

Askam were humbled by Elland last week, but Jones has a catalogue of players doubtful through injury, although he hinted he could have another new recruit on board before the weekend.

“We’re talking to a couple more, so we’ll see who turns up tomorrow,” said Jones.

Elland travel to Eastmoor in Division Two tomorrow, with coach Karl Fairbank keen to build on an outstanding defensive effort at Askam last time out.

Elland edged home 22-8 in Cumbria, defying a scarcely believable 24-6 penalty count before scoring two late tries to seal victory.

“We got absolutely crucified in the second half; at one stage they had 36 consecutive tackles,” said Fairbank.

“The referee hadn’t had a bad game until half time.

“But after that we couldn’t do anything right; holding down, offside, high shots, the lot. It was pretty frustrating for the players and for me.

“We got a good start, going 10-0 up, and then to hold on like that, when they threw absolutely everything at us, was pleasing, especially after the way we were defending a few weeks ago.

“Eastmoor will be another test, but if we carry on where we left off defensively we will give ourselves a good chance.”

Fairbank expects to field a largely unchanged side, with James Fairbank the only confirmed absentee.