Ovenden ready to soar clear
at summit?

Ovenden head to East Leeds tomorrow for a mouthwatering battle at the summit of Division Two of the National Conference.

Gareth Jones’ Four Fields side overhauled the long-time leaders last weekend after downing Askam 28-20 on home soil.

And Jones is anticipating a contest that will live up to its billing.

“They probably feel like they’re the favourites still, and to be fair they’re a decent side,” said Jones.

“They’re a big side, a physical side; but so are we so it should be a good game.”

Ovenden will be boosted by the return of several senior forwards, with Nick Cassell and Matt Turner both available while Jones is hoping that Chris Sykes, who returned to action last week after a knee problem, can build on a devastating performance.

“He obliterated them in the first half, they just couldn’t handle him,” said Jones.

There is also the chance of some late reinforcements, with Jones still intent on securing the summer services of at least two more high-profile local amateurs.

“We’ll see who turns up at training,” said Jones.

Siddal could give a second appearance to rugby league novice David Noble when they travel to East Hull tomorrow looking to cement their place in the Premier Division play-off pack.

Twenty-nine-year-old Noble, a former Halifax Town youth team player, played what coach Gareth Greenwood believes was his first ever game at any level as a replacement prop in last week’s win over West Hull.

“He’s a fit, strong lad, and he’s been training with us for a few weeks,” said Greenwood.

“But the seconds haven’t had any games so it was a case of throwing him straight in.

“He did okay; it was a big one for him but he ran the ball hard and tackled as hard as he could and his attitude was great.

“He could do with a few games at an easier level really to get him up to speed, but we’ll see who we’ve got training this week and take it from there.”

Greenwood also expects to call up the former Halifax player Jaymes Chapman, who has also played professionally for London Skolars.

“He’s been training all week, so he’ll probably go in at back row or centre,” said Greenwood, who has now won four straight games since taking over from his brother Lee.

“We just need to keep it going now.”