The All Golds will be looking to make it three wins in a row on Saturday when they travel to Leeds to take on Hunslet.
Victories over North Wales Crusaders and Coventry have breathed fresh life into Lee Greenwood’s side who know a win on Saturday will see them move level on points with Hunslet at the top of the League 1 Shield table.
Despite winning their last two games the All Golds head coach says he’ll be looking to see a ‘much better performance’ on Saturday. He said: “We’ve won our last two but they’ve been very, very close games, we’ll have to be much better to win at Hunslet. We beat Crusaders and Coventry but performance wise we were nowhere near what we’re capable of. We can’t afford to switch off against Hunslet because they’ll punish us.
“Hunslet lost last weekend so they’ll want to put things right against us. They’ve got some strike players out wide that we’ll have to keep quiet and in Danny Ansell they’ve got an experienced half back who takes them round the field well. George Flanagan is another top player who is very dangerous close to the line, he’s a lot like Steve Parry is for us. They like to get the ball wide nice and early, even in their own half, so it’s important we’re switched on in defence.
“It’s really tight at the top of the table, there’s four teams vying for two places. We were really disappointed to lose to Hunslet last time (10-6 on the opening day of the season) so we’ll be going there to win.”
If he features on Saturday Lewis Reece will be making his 100th appearance in the professional ranks. The Welsh international re-joined the Golden Fern earlier in the season and has put in a number of impressive displays as he looks to book a place in the Welsh squad for the World Cup this autumn. Another Welsh international – Courtney Davies – remains on the sidelines after breaking his wrist against South Wales. Full back Alex Gaskell, last seen in the game out in Toronto last month, is getting nearer to getting back to full fitness but the game against Hunslet could come too soon.
The last time the All Golds played Hunslet was on the opening day of the season. Heavy rain and a muddy pitch didn’t make for an exciting game and it was Hunslet who just managed to cling on to a narrow 10-6 lead. If the All Golds are looking for inspiration ahead of Saturday they’d do well to remember the game in 2014 when they defeated Hunslet, who went on to be promoted to the Championship, 23-16 in one of the best results in the club’s short history.
Kick-off 3pm, Saturday August 19
South Leeds stadium
Under 16s: £5