Brave Brods seal ‘Boro double against the odds

Brods v Scarborough'Phil Town
Brods v Scarborough'Phil Town

Brods overcame more injury traumas to complete their first double of the season in Yorkshire One.

Having drafted in veteran Ben Acklam at hooker after James Ogden was ruled out for the season with a broken thumb, sidelined No 8 Luke Scrimshaw had to dash home for his kit an hour before kick-off when prop Callum Thompson was ruled out in the warm-up.

Brods v Scarborough'Johnny Lodge about to receive the ball with Rob jennings and Danny Wood outside him

Brods v Scarborough'Johnny Lodge about to receive the ball with Rob jennings and Danny Wood outside him

Teenager George Ashton made his debut at prop and he and Scrimshaw, who came off the bench to help cover for knocks to Andy Finn and Chris Hartley during the game, duly played their part in another gutsy victory.

It was the east coast visitors who drew first blood from their first raid on 13 minutes. They kicked following a scrum just inside the Brods half and when the ball eluded fullback Phil Town, his opposite number Corey Dennis gathered and scampered 30 metres to the line. Tom Ratcliffe’s kick went across the face of the posts.

The whistle of referee Jim Saunders continued to dominate and Brods were unable to get out of first gear, although Danny Chappell did get one chance to stretch his legs down the left touchline before being bundled into touch five metres short.

The boost Brods needed came in the last action of a slightly short first half. Scarborough were mounting a rare threat on the home 22 when Acklam stole the ball and broke away, Wood sending Chappell to the try line wide on the left. Wood converted expertly and Brods were 7-5 up.

There was little to quicken the pulse in the early stages of the second half but Brods, aided by an improving lineout as Acklam found his range, readily held the visitors.

Wood failed with an ambitious penalty attempt but steadily increased the gap between the sides with excellent kicks on 55, 62 and 72 minutes.

Both sides had two players sin-binned in the final 28 minutes - scrum half Ian Mallard and centre Jennings for Brods and open side flanker Nino Cutino and player-coach prop Jason Lowde for Scarborough.

Finn got back superbly to win a ruck penalty and foil a rare, final threat from Scarborough.

Victory left Brods eight points clear of Knottingley - who made it four wins out of five with success at Pontefract - and nine ahead of Barnsley, who drew at home to Heath, with two sides expected to go down.

Old Brodleians 16

Scarborough 5