WOUNDED Huddersfield YMCA are determined to right the wrongs of a week ago.
The previously-unbeaten Yorkshire I leaders were left stunned as they suffered a 23-22 home defeat at the hands of North Ribblesdale.
It was a loss no-one at Laund Hill saw coming and it initially hit the players hard.
But coach Jody Shaw feels his squad are ready to bounce straight back with a top-quality home display against Scarborough tomorrow (2.15).
“I think it’s fair to say the match can’t come soon enough,” said Shaw, who will select his side from an initial 20-man squad.
“After making such an excellent start to the season, the Ribblesdale defeat hit the boys hard.
“They were still a bit down when they turned up for training on Monday night.
“But after a bit of soul-searching and taking a more considered look at exactly what went wrong, everyone felt a lot better.
“As a result, the training sessions since then have been excellent, and to say the players are determined to go out there tomorrow and right the wrongs is an understatement.
“We know that in Scarborough we’ll be facing an opponent who would love to inflict a second defeat on the leaders.
“But this week has been all about us, and we know that if we get back to our best we’ll return to winning ways.
“One defeat hasn’t dented our confidence. We know the defeat last week was down to us and the way we played, so we know it’s up to us to put that right this weekend.”
Shaw will be making at least two changes to last week’s beaten side, with Damian Clayton unavailable and Fab Leone-Mazza having the weekend off.
That could leave the way clear for utility back John Smith, winger Tom Bullock and second-rower Josh Scott to step up after recent impressive displays for the Seconds.
“These three have really impressed us over the past few weeks, and their call-ups are a reward for all their hard work,” added Shaw.
“Whether they’ll get the final nod remains to be seen. We haven’t made a decision yet.
“But we know whoever takes to the field tomorrow will be 100% fired-up to put in a top performance.”
YMCA – (From): Ste Dykes, Stu Dykes, Smith, Barber, Wilson, Wrafter, Whitehead, Hodge, Bentley, Ryder, S Housley, J Housley, Lumb, Bell, Sharrock, Johnson, Bullock, Stead, Hill, Scott.
YM’s Calderdale rivals in Yorkshire I are both on their travels with Heath at Bridlington and Old Brodleians at Pontefract.
In Yorkshire III the table-toppers Old Rishworthians host Northallerton at Copley, while in Yorkshire IV Halifax Vandals are at home to Hornsea, while Halifax are at Harrogate Pythons.
National League North II: Birmingham & Solihull v Huddersfield.
Yorkshire I: Bridlington v Heath, Pontefract v Old Brodleians, YMCA v Scarborough.
Yorkshire III: Old Rishworthians v Northallerton.
Yorkshire IV: Halifax Vandals v Hornsea, Harrogate Pythons v Halifax.