Last gasp penalty brings another win

Brods v Percy Park''Joe Armitage
Brods v Percy Park''Joe Armitage

BRODS once more showed great character, a last gasp victory over Percy Park maintaining their 100 per cent start and keeping them at the top of the North One East table.

Park dominated for long periods but could not extinguish the spirit in a Brods side whose starting 15 showed five changes.

Last season’s play off finalists Park moved the ball well through the phases and produced a clinical finish to an excellent move to secure a 5-0 lead.

Brods responded well and their first visit into the opposition half saw them awarded a penalty following offside. Young fly half Danny Wood stepped up to reduce the deficit to 5-3.

Park reacted positively, moving the ball swiftly through the phases and their classy centre touched down under the posts for a converted try to extend the lead to 12-3 after 12 minutes.

Park were dominant in most phases and when Brods did secure the ball they were guilty of kicking away possession. Brods’ defence, however, was sound and frustrated the Park offensive until the visitors once more produced an excellent flowing move creating an overlap on the left which their winger finished in fine style.

A further penalty stretched the lead to 17-3 at half time and Brods were looking down the barrel of a major defeat on home soil.

Brods needed to step up a gear but conceded a penalty for offside just five minutes after the restart and the visitors extended their lead by a further three points.

Things were not looking good for the Woodhead men and they clearly needed some inspiration to lift their game.

This came in the form of a fine individual try from Oliver Akroyd who showed strength and pace in a mazy run to the line, leaving five tacklers in his wake.

The conversion from in front of the posts was charged down but Brods had some fire in their bellies and set about their task with renewed spirit, Liam Scott impressing in both attack and defence.

Park were infringing around the ruck and their blind side flanker was yellow carded for leaving his feet.

The open side flanker then followed him to the sin bin for 10 minutes for a similar offence.

Brods saw their chance and with forward domination Joe Armitage made a fine break from the base of a scrum and used his strength and pace to charge over from close range.

With Danny Wood converting the score was a much more respectable 15-20 and Brods could sniff they were in with a chance.

Brods then produced their finest move of the match. Park conceded a penalty and Wood kicked to the visitors 22.

With good clean possession the ball was moved swiftly left and following good handling Matt Hoyle supplied Aaron Fowler with a delightful inside pass, Fowler taking his chance well to score near the posts and Wood converted to open up an unexpected lead.

With only five minutes left Park came back again and forced Brods into giving away a penalty for offside which was duly converted for them to regain the lead at 22-23.

With hardly any time remaining Brods again found touch on the Park 22 and with the lineout won and Brods retaining possession through the phases Park again offended wide on the left.

Wood stepped forward to take the pressure kick and made no mistake with a fine strike to secure victory.