Brodleians are blown off course as Shield campaign ends prematurely

Old Brodleians full-back James Marshall, with the ball, takes the fight to West Leeds.
Old Brodleians full-back James Marshall, with the ball, takes the fight to West Leeds.

Old Brodleians met their match against in-form West Leeds as they were dumped out of the Yorkshire Shield.

Yorkshire One side Brods knew when they were drawn away from home in this second round tie of the Yorkshuire Shield that they would be facing a tough challenge, especially as West Leeds are top of Yorkshire Two.

Conditions were poor on the exposed field and it was the home side who made the early running with whatever advantage the blustery conditions were to provide.

They opened up a 14-0 lead within 15 minutes through early territory and pressure.

A well-worked move by the pacy home backs earned Sam Neave the opening try.

Almost from the restart a rolling maul from a lineout was finished by second-row Scott Coyne and West Leeds had a 14-point lead.

Brods battled their way back into the match with some forceful forward play, and after several phases of attacking play, lively scrum-half Dom Georgiou finished well with Oliver Akroyd converting to make it 14-7 after 20 minutes play.

West Leeds were awarded a penalty before Brods once again forced they way back into home territory, and one particular forward drive of fully 40 metres decimated the home forwards.

The drive was stopped illegally and many of the supporters thought a penalty try was inevitable, however from the resulting penalty the visiting forwards continued their momentum and it was young Matt Wroot who finished, although the conversion attempt was missed due to the dreadful conditions. to leave the score at 17-12 after 37 minutes.

Brods’ domination continued to half-time and earned a penalty which Akroyd converted to produce an interval score of 17-15.

The conditions settled a little as the second half opened and Brods quickly took the lead through another penalty from a ruck, which Akroyd converted.

Brods’ dominance in the scrum was questioned by the referee with a controversial penalty awarded when once more the home scrum had been demolished. From the resulting penalty, West Leeds claimed three points to retake the lead at 20-18.

The game deteriorated as the conditions worsened, once more.

From a position of strength near the home tryline, Brodleians lost an attacking lineout and from a speculative high kick, aided by the wind, West Leeds executed a strong kick-chase was chased from which they scored.

The try was converted and despite Brods’ valiant 
efforts the final score line 
of 27-18 would see the home side progress to the quarter-finals.

West Leeds look like favourites for promotion to Yorkshire One while Old Brodleians will look forward to meeting them next year as equals, when they will look to gain revenge.