TOMORROW could mark the defining moment of Huddersfield’s season when they face the long trek to Coventry to tackle Broadstreet (3.00).
Victory for Mark Sowerby’s side will put significant daylight between themselves and Broadstreet and almost certainly preserve their National II North status this season.
If Huddersfield can generate the same focus, drive and sheer commitment they have produced in the excellent recent victories over Preston Grasshoppers and Kendal, there is no reason why they can’t take a maximum five points from a bonus win.
But they must be wary of complacency after resounding wins over superior opposition, which is something head coach Sowerby and his right-hand man Dan Hyde are especially concerned about.
“This match has to be right up there with one of the biggest games I’ve ever been involved in,” admitted Sowerby.
“If we focus properly and concentrate and play anything like we did against Preston and Kendal, then I cannot see Broadstreet competing with us.
“But above all, there must be absolutely no complacency – that is the last thing I want to see. But if we do perform to our ability and get the victory, whether it be with or without the extra bonus point, then we can breathe a fairly big sigh of relief.”
Sowerby’s main worry (apart from getting home from Denmark because of flight cancellations) is second rower Ben Harris (hamstring).
George Hinchliff retains his second row spot while Gareth Lewis returns on the bench after missing a game.
Huddersfield: Owen; Sutcliffe, Paxman (B), Clarke, van Vuuren; Johnson, Clayton; Slater, Davies, Stringwell, Harris, Hinchliff, Sharpe, Whitehead, Hyde. Subs: Battye, Entressengle, Rhodes, Lewis, Wood.