Under 18′ new fixture

Date published: Monday, July 30, 2012

WE have moved quickly to arrange another game for our Extended Scholarship under-18s side, whose last scheduled game of the season had to be called off last Saturday because opponents Hunslet could not raise a team.
We were bitterly disappointed at this, having gone to great lengths ourselves to muster a squad for the game despite several of our lads being away on holidays.
However, by way of compensation we quickly contacted Halifax who will now bring their under-18s side to Whitebank this coming Wednesday, August 1 for a match with a 7.45pm kick off.
Admission, as usual, will be £4 adults and £2 concessions and we would like to think as many of our fans as possible will be down at the ground to support the potential first-team men of the future.
As the final game of the season it will be the culmination of a lot of work that the boys and the coaching staff, headed by Phil Costin, have put in over the last six months and it would be nice to think the lads will sign off by playing in front of a decent attendance.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “We are very grateful to Halifax for jumping in at the last minute to give our lads a game. They are of the same opinion as us — that these boys should be given as many opportunities as possible, the more the merrier.”
Coach Costin added: “As I’ve said many times before, rugby league at this level is all about development and you can’t development anything if you don’t get enough games. Thanks to Halifax, we’ve got our last game on Wednesday at Whitebank and it would be very encouraging if the fans got behind us.
“We’ll be fielding a young side — quite a lot of the lads are only 16 —but they will give a good account of themselves.”
Team (from): Peter Fitzsimmons, Ben Kenwright, Steve Woods, Jack Ashworth, Richard Ward, Tom Mallinson, Tom Flanagan, Craig Lawton, Jordan Morris, Aaron Morris, Jake Boardman, Josh Hulme, Adam White, Chris Ashcroft, Jack Sherratt, Andrew Ball, Sam Hughes, Mark Eastup.
On the following night, Thursday, our reserves have a potentially cracking match lined up at Halifax (8pm) which will be a battle of 2 v 3 with a lot riding on the outcome.
Fax hammered York 62-4 the other night which put them back into second place with 18 points and with one game left to play —- against us.
By scoring so many points against bottom-club York they were able to turn an inferior for-and-against record to ours into a superior one so they are now two league points ahead of us and a better points difference by +27.
While Thursday’s game will be their last one, however, we will still have to go to York.
It amounts to this: if Fax beat us they will clinch second place to Featherstone and claim a home game in the play-off against the side finishing third.
For us to finish the job on the night we wouldn’t only have to beat the home side, we would have to do it by at least 14 points — a tall order.
If we win by less than 14 we will still need at least a draw at York in the final game to give us a play-off tie against Fax at Whitebank for the right to go to Featherstone in the final.
A cracking two nights of rugby league then for our lads —- the under-18s at home to Fax on Wedneday (7.45) and the reserves away to Fax on Thursday (8pm).