CHRISTMAS may have come and gone, but Bradford & Bingley coach Anthony Posa will be hoping that his side won’t be handing out as many presents tomorrow at home to York as they did last Saturday at West Leeds.

The Bees, whose promotion bid from North One East has hit the buffers with four straight defeats, lost 26-24 at the second-from-bottom hosts.

“Respect to West Leeds but we gave them 20 points – two length-of-the-field interception tries and two penalties,” moaned Posa.

“One of their tries must have been from 98 metres as it looked as if we were going to score, but we have to be better and improve our composure under pressure.

“However, numbers at training are still excellent, despite it being cold, and, I know it isn’t an excuse, but we are a work in progress as we have changed our style.”

The fifth-placed Bees will be without Alex Keeton, Joe Daley, Will Broadbent and Roger Raper against their seventh-placed visitors.

Cleckheaton, who gave an improved display last week in defeat at Huddersfield YMCA, will have to up their level again as they take on leaders Morpeth at Moorend.

Bradford Salem, whose 24-17 home win over Pontefract in October was one of their best performances of the season in Yorkshire Division One, play the reverse fixture tomorrow.

“It will be tough,” said Salem’s chairman Neil Klenk of the ninth-placed team’s visit to fourth-placed Ponte.

Keighley, revitalised after five wins in six matches, will be hoping to continue their revival at second-from-bottom Selby, who have lost their last nine.

Old Grovians, bidding for a third-straight win, welcome back Alex Masterson for their Yorkshire Division Two visit to eighth-placed Wheatley Hills, but will be without Josh Dixon.

Meanwhile, Baildon, seeking to avoid a third successive defeat, welcome fifth-placed Leeds Corinthians to Jenny Lane in Yorkshire Division Three.

Wibsey have a weekend off after completing their Yorkshire Division Four North West fixtures with a 33-7 victory at bottom-of-the-table Thirsk.

The leaders only travelled with 15 players and, as is their usual habit, received a yellow card during the win, this time for full back Brad Wright for dissent - their 20th sin-binning of the season, although they have yet to get a red card.

However, the front-runners restricted the home side to a converted try, while Robson Moore (3) and Andy Robinson (2), unusually playing at No 8 instead of fly half or centre, bagged tries for the Villagers, with Robinson adding four conversions.

Wibsey are next in action on Saturday, February 2 at home to Yorkshire Division Three leaders Wensleydale in a Yorkshire Vase quarter-final.

Bradford Salem (at Pontefract) from: J Ashworth, C Baines, L Barker, M Bokiss, W Collins, N Fontaine, S Gardner, R Green, G Griekis, S Guttenbeil, H Hall, C King, M MacDonald, S Savage, B Scholefield, J Simpson, R Smith, J Tenniswood, M Trueman, B Whitaker, A Wood, C Wood.