Rob Hustler previews an important week of the season for both sides
A BIG WEEK!!
This week is a big week for both the 1st and ‘A’ teams.
The 1st team have their return fixture with Brighouse Rangers who will be looking to avenge their defeat of three weeks ago. Brighouse are still in with a great chance of promotion so will be really up for the re-match at Northfield. It is to be hoped we go into this game with a better attitude than we did against Morley a fortnight ago when we struggled to a victory. Make no mistake, if we are not in the right frame of mind, we will lose. It will be a completely different game to our last meeting when the conditions were horrendous. This week the forecast is very good and I have looked at Northfield which looks in pretty good condition and will be rolled and spiked on Friday so this should suit us and we should be looking to play some fast open rugby which we know we can produce.
This is the time of the season when we knew we would be facing a backlog of fixtures, and so it has been proved. We have to play 6 games in 22 days which works out at one game every 4 days. Some players, Adam Baker for example, will not be available for our midweek games. This will really test our squad and hopefully we can keep injury free till the end of the season to make sure we gain promotion and finish as champions. It all starts this Saturday against Brighouse and although it’s my job to get you up and prepared for this the motivation should already be there and you should be raring to go come 2.30 on Saturday.
It’s also a massive week for the ‘A’ team who look to retain the Hudson Foster Trophy which we have won for the last two years. It’s always a tough game against our local rivals at Queensbury but the team is more than capable of winning this match although they have to be ‘on their game’ come Sunday.
Last Saturday they qualified for their second final with a hard fought win over Sedge in the Supplementary Cup semi. I was particularly impressed with the first half performance of Matt Cumberworth who went in for a brace of trys, the first one with a clever ball steal from 10 yards out set the platform. In the second half when things got really ‘nip and tuck’ captain Cam Bishop really came to the fore with a calming influence over the rest of the team urging them to complete their sets and get some field position. He also kept a calm head to slot over 2 penalties to secure the result when things looked dodgy. Well done boys, you can look forward to a great day at Dewsbury in early May.
So there it is, lets hope that come Sunday evening we are all celebrating with a 1st team victory in their push to be champions and the first of a possible cup double by the ‘A’ team. Good luck to all.