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Harlequin Lawn's Wembley dream
Brannan Lawn is hoping his first-ever try for Cowling Harlequins – which helped them to their first win of the season – will be a lucky omen for Bradford City’s date with destiny at Wembley on Sunday.
The son of the Bantams’ joint-chairman Mark notched Quins’ final score in their 48-12 win over Farnley Falcons A last week.
It was a momentous victory for Cowling which lifted them off the very bottom of the nine-division Pennine League and ended a sequence of 11 out of 11 defeats.
And it was a great way for Brannan, who lives in Oakworth, to sign off before heading down to Wembley this weekend ahead of City’s Capital One Cup final with Swansea on Sunday.
He said: “Hope-fully last weekend’s win can be a lucky omen.
“It shows what can be achieved against the odds, when you think that Farnley stuck 50 past us earlier in the season and we conceded 60 points in our last match.
“We just seem to have got it together and look like a proper rugby team.
“We really work together as a team and not individuals and that will be what City have to do on Sunday if they are to pull off an upset.”
Brannan (pictured) admits he has seen little of his dad this week in the build up to one of the biggest day’s in the Bantams’ history.
He said: “As far as I know he has been enjoying it but I’ve not seen much of him as he has been so busy. But we are heading down to London early and will be having a bit of family time before the final.”
Like his dad, and every Bantams fan for that matter, Brannan is still pinching himself as City aim to become the first ever bottom tier club to win a major domestic trophy.
He said: “It’s a bit surreal. I don’t think it will really sink in until Sunday when we are actually there at the ground.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event and hopefully the team can pull off another shock.
“It’s the biggest pitch in the country and, in my opinion, we are playing the best footballing side in the country, so it will be really tough. But you never know.”
The Wembley adventure means the 20-year-old, along with about five or six other team-mates, will miss Cowling’s home match against Queensbury B on Saturday.
But Brannan, who plays at centre, can’t wait to return to action the following week, especially after touching down for his first try.
The former Oakbank pupil, who is also a promising batsman with Oakworth Cricket Club, said: “I’ve only been playing rugby for seven weeks at this standard.
“I’ve played at school before but not at proper league standard.
“When I scored it was strange as I didn’t know how to react. I’ve always played football and wasn’t sure what to do after I’d got my try!”
Brannan believes Cowling’s win could be the turning point in their season. Despite their run of defeats, he is impressed with how good the mood in the camp has remained.
He said: “It’s strange because we lost by a lot the previous week at Moorend but afterwards you would think it was them who had just been beaten 60-10.
“The team spirit is unreal.”