Rivals coaches hoping derby beats snow

Ovenden coach Gareth English says his side are confident of securing a derby victory over Elland in Division Two tomorrow, providing the Four Fields fixture can beat the weather.

Neither side played last weekend as the Conference programme was wiped out by the big freeze, leaving English to prepare his side as best he can.

“There’s not a lot we can do at the moment,” he said.

“There’s a lot of snow on the pitch, so I’d say it’s doubtful we’ll be able to play, but we’ll have to wait and see how it is on the day.

“It’s a big derby game and we know that if we win we will go above them in the table.

“We’re coming off a win so we’ll be confident.

“We’ll need to keep an eye on Phil Taylor, who’s a good little scrum half, and I’ve been told Cayci Pearson’s been going well for them.”

For Elland boss Karl Fairbank, the game’s short-term importance is secondary to his team’s fate over the course of the season.

“There’s local pride at stake and they’re always decent games,” said the former Test prop.

“But we beat them twice last year and they still finished above us in the league.

“I would swap winning these games for a better league finish any day, because that’s what it’s about.”

Like Ovenden, Elland have struggled to train this week, although Fairbank was hopeful Friday night’s session would be able to go ahead.

“If we can’t get on the field, we’ll take them for a run instead,” he said.