BRADFORD & BINGLEY have had a contrasting build-up compared to hosts CLECKHEATON before tomorrow’s big North One East derby.

The Bees played last Saturday and trained on Tuesday night at Ben Nabozny’s gym in Baildon, whereas Cleckheaton didn’t play last weekend and didn’t train anywhere on Tuesday.

However, they could be the only advantages for the Bees.

“Actually we only played for a half last Saturday,” said Bees secretary Nick Patterson referring to their 29-24 home defeat to Bridlington in a game where the hosts trailed 26-5 at half-time.

“I don’t know what it is about us starting slowly,” admitted Wagon Lane director of rugby Martin Whitcombe, who is waiting on the availability of centre Dennis Tuffour and lock Harry Jeffrey.

“If we had scored before half-time, we would have won it, and we were disappointed not to get four league points, but at least we got two.”

Cleckheaton, who have won four of their last five, are keeping their cards close to their chests, but player-coach Thiu Barnard admitted: “We will have one or two changes in personnel and we will have colt Bailey Smith on the bench.”

BRADFORD SALEM welcome back Sam Savage on the wing after a knee reconstruction for their Yorkshire One match at Moortown.

Danny Pollard plays his last game for BAILDON at Leeds Medics & Dentists in Yorkshire Division Three as he is going to coach rugby in Brazil, while OLD GROVIANS have Anthony Griffin, Tim Jones and Alex Dodd-Jones back to face visitors Ripon in Yorkshire Two.

Bradford & Bingley (at Cleckheaton): A Sutcliffe; I Finau, B Greaves, D Tuffour, A Walker; J Malthouse, D Jeffrey; M Crotch, M Cochrane, R Wederell, H Jeffrey,T Fritsch, T Booth,T Cummins, L Fraser. Replacements: R Wilson, C Spencer, M Mountain.

Bradford Salem (at Moortown): R Smith; S Savage, H Hall, A Robinson, J Abram; C Armstrong, J Simpson; W Collins, A Veitch, T O’Sullivan, B Whitaker, M Darragh, C Manchester, G Greikis, N Fontaine. Replacements: S van Berckel, G Gill, J Bradbury.

Baildon (at Leeds Medics & Dentists): L Hope-Robertson; D Fletcher,T Cluett, M Withers, L Strauss; M Robinson,O Williams; A Hewitt, J Robinson, G Price, C Peel, Z Orrell, D Pollard, D Cookson, H Strauss. Replacements: A France, G Kershaw, T Massey.