GROVERS ON A HAT-TRICK

WAKEFIELD are on a Midlands mission to make it three wins on the trot.

The Grovers have turned their reputation as slow starters on its head by downing Moseley and Plymouth Albion over the last fortnight.

But high-flying Birmingham Solihull are standing between Wakefield and a hat-trick of wins. But club secretary/administrator Roger Parkinson says they are travelling down the motorway with the full intention of claiming the spoils.

He said: "We have probably got off to the best start we have had for many seasons. The team spirit is high, the attitude is good and we are coming off two straight wins.

"Whether we win or not at Birmingham remains to be seen but were are not going there with the feeling that we are going to come back to Wakefield with nothing, even though they are in third place."

Head coaches Roger Burman and Darrall Shelford will be picking from strength after their charges escaped unscathed from the Plymouth clash on Saturday.

And they could be welcoming back Dutch international prop Reubin Bijl, who has been out for most of the campaign with a knee injury.

But a scan didn't reveal anything bad so he is back in contention for selection.

The coaching staff are happy with Wakefield's progress this term and are still on the lookout for new signings.

Mr Parkinson added: "We knew it was going to be a forward tussle against Plymouth because they have got a huge pack. The coaching staff did their homework.

"They put together a match strategy, which worked. That was to beat them in the forwards and then spin the ball out wide."

But the secretary ruefully recalled that two of Wakefield's three tries were scored by forwards!

Mick Watson proved to be the star of the show on Saturday at College Grove with yet another tremendous performance.

The 22-16 scoreline was a lot closer than the game actually was.

The College Grovers racked up a 22-3 lead but were pegged back late on by determined visitors Plymouth who never gave up.

Wakefield now have three road trips back to back.

After Birmingham it's Henley in the Powergen Cup and then the mighty Rotherham on Sunday, October 27.

Wakefield know all about Henley, who were relegated from National League 1 last season. But they haven't lost during this campaign and could be a tough nut to crack. And Rotherham continue to be the team to beat as they strive for Premiership Rugby.

- Meanwhile, construction work at College Grove is on schedule.

The big revamp is expected to be completed by the time Wakefield play host to Bedford in January next year.