Yorkshire Division Two: West Park Leeds 32 Old Grovians 12

OLD Grovians shot themselves in the foot in their 32-12 Yorkshire Division Two derby defeat at West Park Leeds.

“We played well in parts but we were masters of our own downfall,” admitted Grovians’ head coach Dan Nulty.

“We gave away 15 points in the first half when we were attacking by silly offloads etc rather than making them work for their points, and then at the end of the match we threw a pass several metres behind our full back and they picked the ball up to score.”

Already missing Elliot Cosgrove for the rest of the season with a foot injury and Charles Cockshott in the short term with whiplash after a car accident, the visitors lost versatile forward Lewis Brook (bad back), flanker Jack Hartley (sprained ankle) and Jason Wright (hamstring strain) during the match.

“We’re beginning to run out of bodies,” admitted Nulty, who is likely to be without Brook (resting), winger Pad Burns (shoulder and knee) and Will Blackhall (lower leg) for Saturday’s home match against leaders Pontefract.

The eighth-placed club will also give a late fitness test to Nathan Barr (hamstring), but at least will have Matt Dakin and Ollie Pratt available again in the second row after ski-ing and work respectively.

In addition, lock Liam Harrison, who is an additional line-out option, and back-rower Harry Hardy could be in the frame.

Among the points scorers at West Park Leeds were Barr (try) and Ben Brown (conversion).