Colin Stephens stands down at Bradford & Bingley

Former Bradford & Bingley prop Ronnie Kelly, second from left, is now picking their team after the departure of director of rugby Colin Stephens

Former Bradford & Bingley prop Ronnie Kelly, second from left, is now picking their team after the departure of director of rugby Colin Stephens

First published in Sport Keighley News: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

Colin Stephens has left his role as director of rugby at Bradford & Bingley.

Club secretary Nick Patterson explained: “Colin is the kicking coach at Warrington Wolves and we have parted by mutual consent and on good terms.

“Our forwards’ coach, Ronnie Kelly, will be picking the team and he will be assisted by Henry Paul and Phil Greaves.

“But we will also be getting in guest coaches for sessions, such as Leeds scrum half James Doherty the other week.”

Second-rower Richard Hughes picked up a leg injury last week and will be replaced by Adam Malthouse for the visit to West Hartlepool on Saturday in SSE National League Three North, with Dan Cookson on the bench.

Keighley could soon have hooker or flanker Will Armitage back in contention but in general their injury list shows little sign of easing.

They are without prop Paul Sinfield for the trip to Pocklington in SSE North One East, Craig Spencer coming into the 15 and Smith Brown moving up to the bench.

Director of rugby Graeme Sheffield said: “We have had two poor performances this season – last week against Morpeth and at Darlington.”

In-form unchanged Cleckheaton have an injury doubt about centre Jonno Marshall at Middlesbrough.

After winning a nail-biter at Harrogate Pythons last weekend to maintain their unbeaten start, Old Grovians now boast the best defensive record in SSE Yorkshire Division Four and face Knaresborough knowing the visitors have conceded an average of nearly 60 points a game away this season.

Grovians make four changes. Last weekend’s man of the match, back-rower Harry Cody-Owen is unavailable, as are Tom Adams and pacy winger Kyle Hawkins.

More positive news is the return of No 8 Tom Dalton. Sam Robinson is fit again, skipper Chris Blackhall has recovered from illness and winger Aaron Magee returns having re-signed after a spell at the Bees.

Bradford & Bingley (at West Hartlepool): R Scull; A Wellington, B Greaves, R Tafa, T Kanouros; T Bills, D Jeffrey; J Moss, S White, R Wederall, A Malthouse, B Mitchell, M Cochrane, G Ford, M Mitchell. Replacements: E Peglau, D Cookson, H Paul.

Keighley (at Pocklington): D McGee; A Sutcliffe, B Blackwell, H Titley, J Hill; A Brown, D Lester; P Sinfield, C Dyson, G Fletcher, R Clarke, A Waligura, J Hannah, S Dyson, L Sugden. Replacements: S Minikin, C Spencer, A Horsfall.

Cleckheaton (at Middlesbrough): R Hayden; James Marshall, Jonno Marshall, Matt Piper, M Woodhead; I Gordon, J Bickerdike; P Turner, S Worsley, C Piper, D Nolan, G Turton, R Piercy, O Akroyd, R Piper. Replacements: M Sergeant, B Thrower, J Wil-son.

Old Grovians (home to Knaresborough) from: C Blackhall, M Worrall, D Gullick, J Trenholme, D Roberts, C Cockshott, R Brown, M Lister, S Robinson, D Foster, T Dalton, B Butt, B Williams, J Bradley, A Lesur, A Weaving, J Sowden, D Hogg, A Griffin, G Phillips, A Magee, R Hopkinson, L Downes, J Hinchliffe, B Brown.

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