Brown making return as Hyde seeks key scalp.
Byline: DAVID LOCKWOOD
HUDDERSFIELD will unveil a 'new' old face tomorrow, when talented second rower Lee Brown makes a welcome return to the Lockwood Park ranks for the clash with Kendal (3.00).
With the line-outs becoming an increasing problem (highlighted again last week at Caldy), first team boss Dan Hyde has moved quickly and is delighted to have re-captured Brown, who left the club at the end of last season to return to Hull Ionians.
"It was disappointing to lose Lee at the end of the season, after he decided to go back to Hull because of work and family commitments, but things haven't quite worked out for him at Ionians, and we've welcome him back with open arms," said Hyde.
"He's a very talented athlete who wanted first-team rugby and wasn't guaranteed it at Hull. He gives us a line-out option that we've been missing all season, since his departure and Ben Hoyle's absence through injury.
"He gets on well with all the lads and we're just happy to have him back."
Huddersfield rushed through Brown's transfer and registration in order for him to come straight back into the second row to partner Gavin Rhodes tomorrow, allowing George Hinchliff to drop back into a flanker's role alongside Gareth Lewis.
The other major change sees Lawrence Sanderson starting at loose-head prop in place of Alex Battye who took a knock at Caldy.
"Because of the knock he took last week, we're giving Alex the chance to rest up a bit on the bench and go with Sanderson, who impressed when he came on at Caldy," added Hyde.
The only change is in the backs, where David Hall returns to the starting line-up in place of Adam Sutcliffe, who is one of the five substitutes, along with Battye, Chris Duffy, James Davies and Franny Entressengle.
Kendal have really struggled this season, and Huddersfield enjoyed a big win at Mint Bridge, when they beat them 41-5 in a five-try display of compelling quality.
But head coach Hyde will be taking nothing for granted as he plots another victory to keep his side up there among the National II North front-runners.
"We are not looking at the League position, and just because Kendal have been struggling this season does not mean we will be taking them lightly.
"We know they will be fired up and come out hard at us from the start, because there is a lot of history between the two sides, and historically they have been Huddersfield's bogey team.
"Ok we squashed that theory earlier this season at their place, but I want to see us take the game to Kendal right from the start tomorrow. We can't stand back and let them come at us.
"It's vital we start the way we have been doing and hope to disrupt them in the first half, and then take advantage as the match progresses."
Huddersfield: Owen, Hall, Clark, L Paxman, Ryder; Johnson, Hinchliffe; Stringwell, Morrill, Sanderson, Brown, Rhodes, Lewis, Hinchliff, Sharpe. Subs: Entressengle, Davies, Duffy, Sutcliffe, Battye.
* BACK IN THE FOLD: Lee Brown will face Kendal tomorrow