OLD Grovians are hoping that there won’t be as controversial an end to their game on Saturday as last weekend.

They were leading unbeaten Goole 28-24 with five minutes to go in Yorkshire Division Two when the visitors had a penalty in front of the sticks.

“We thought that they were going to kick for the corner.” said Grovians’ head coach Dan Nulty, “and there was this delay and the referee then said that we were only winning 25-24 and that Goole needed that penalty to win.

“I was fuming, but it was all sorted out in the pub afterwards and we did win 28-24.

“The funny thing is that the referee also lost the score in the Burley v Bramley Phoenix match last weekend.”

Burley won the Yorkshire Division Four North West match 29-28. but the visitors were told by the referee that if they kicked a late penalty – which they did – that they would win by two points.

But as it happened the referee had got the score wrong, apparently due to some controversy over whether an earlier kick had gone over or not, and the late Bramley penalty was only good enough for a one-point defeat.

Phoenix may have a case for a re-arranged match.

Grovians have been hit by players moving house.

Ross Bannatyne has gone to London, and has probably therefore played his last game for the club, while Eric Roberts, who replaces him on Saturday at Leodiensian, is playing his final game before going to Scotland.

The visitors are also having a crop of late fitness tests, but will be handing a debut to half-back Ed Brown from Ilkley.

The revolving door is also turning at Bradford Salem, who welcome back winger Nick Fontaine (rugby league duties), prop John Bradbury (knee), lock Sam Gardner (shoulder) and Ben Whitaker (work), but are without university trio James Pinder, Dom Bailey and Struan Mackenzie.

They also give late fitness tests to Harry Hall (infected knee) and Callum Manchester (concussion protocol) at home to Selby in Yorkshire Division One.

Keighley, who beat Salem 46-3 last weekend at Rose Cottage, give late fitness tests to hooker Shaun Minikin and fly half Alex Brown, who have shoulder injuries, before another derby at Old Brodleians.

Baildon, still without Danny Pollard (shoulder), take their young side to Skipton in Yorkshire Division Three.

Bradford Salem (home to Selby): D Belcher; N Fontaine, R Smith, H Hall, J Abrams or H Brown; A Robinson, M Booth; T O’Sullivan, S Markey, G Griekis, J Morrell, B Whitaker, C Wood, C Baines, C Manchester or A Veitch or M Darragh. Replacements: from J Bradbury, J Callender, Abrams, Brown, Veitch, Darragh.

Baildon (at Skipton): R Powell; N King, T Cluett, L Strauss, D Fletcher; M Withers, W Craven; A Hewitt, M Dixon, J Bull, J Loughrey, G Price, J Strauss, D Cookson, H Strauss. Replacements: W Tomlinson, T Stranley, C Peel, H Peers.