Leeds will look to go for jugular in final YIDU match

Leeds Union captain Nigel McKee (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Leeds Union captain Nigel McKee (Picture: Chris Stratford).
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LEEDS captain Nigel McKee will send out what he regards as his strongest line-up of the season when his team close their Yorkshire Inter-District Union League campaign with a trip to face Harrogate at Ilkley on Sunday.

And although McKee’s men can neither catch already anointed champions Sheffield nor be denied runner-up spot, he will be urging Leeds to go for the jugular.

He is determined Leeds maintain momentum built up during a fine season and carry it through into the six-man team championship at Cleveland next month.

In McKee’s second season at the helm, Leeds have lost only one match – to the champions.

They have improved on last season’s fourth-place finish and have raised hopes that they can deny Sheffield, who are going for the double of league and six-man trophy for the third season in succession.

Last year in the six-man championship at Halifax Bradley Hall, Leeds finished just four shots adrift of the winners.

And McKee is sure he will not need to motivate his side going into the match against Harrogate because team spirit is high ahead of the task that awaits at Cleveland.

“I want to keep the momentum going so we’ll be going to Ilkley to try to kick butt,” said McKee.

“Tom Broxup [Cookridge Hall] rang me the other day and said David Houlding [Moortown] wants to play for us. If people like that are wanting to play for Leeds it’s amazing for me.

“David has been in America for four years at college and it will be great to have him available.

“Everyone seems to be on board, everyone seems to be enjoying it, and finishing second is a great result in my second year. I’m absolutely delighted.

“Next year I’ll definitely have Dan Bradbury and Tom North back [from playing collegiate golf in America] as well and we’ll be firing on all cylinders.

“They’ve both told me they want to play next year.

“All the guys have performed really well for me this year, which I’m delighted about.

“We’ve also got some really good juniors coming through and that’s going to be key for next year – getting top, experienced players alongside the top juniors who are coming through.

“We are going to Harrogate and want to win big. We are on the up. We beat them 29-7 last year and that was with Ben Hutchinson not winning, when he was up against [then English champion] Dan Brown.

“So hopefully we’ll finish with a win. All the lads like playing at Ilkley, I know.”

The Leeds line-up at Ilkley will feature four players from Cookridge Hall in Tom Broxup, Adam Frontal, Tom Pilling and Jeehvan Singh.

Pontefract & District have a trio of players involved, Simon Coumbe, Andy Wiltshire and Daz Walton.

Selby have a pair of representatives, Robbie Wardle and Neil Clark, and completing the team will be Ben Firth (Moortown), Barry Hardcastle (Wike Ridge) and Sam Bridges (Headingley).