Brods avenge Shield loss with league success

York v Brods'Pete Williams
York v Brods'Pete Williams

Old Brodleians avenged the previous week’s Yorkshire Shield defeat with a 20-15 win at York in Yorkshire One on Saturday.

They gave a dogged and hard-working performance, recognising the need to maintain their form over the full 80 minutes and being more patient in possession.

In perfect conditions, York kicked off down the slope and after early pressure second row Fox scored from a well rehearsed move.The conversion was missed by fly half Johnson.

The Brods forwards took the game to the opposition with strong running from Callum Thompson and Rob Jennings plus some powerful scrumaging which put the home side on the back foot.

The pressure earned a kickable penalty which Dan Cole just missed.

The York defence was working hard to stem the onslaught but under pressure scrum half Atkin had his attempted clearance charged down by Sam Deacon, who collected and raced 30 metres to touch down under the posts, Cole’s kick making it 5-7 after 30 minutes.

York moved the ball and captain Fox took a fine inside pass to score. The kickable conversion was missed and a half time score of 10-7 was a reasonable reflection of a hard fought 40 minutes of play.

The second half started with York on top in terms of possession and territory and after five minutes they extended their lead with an unconverted try to centre Kirker.

Cole’s missed pass found Matty Hoyle in space and he ran strongly for the line, taking two defenders with him in an excellent piece of finishing.

Cole levelled the score with a penalty and the Hipperholme men had the momentum.

With just minutes remaining Tipiloma Kivalu broke strongly and slipped the ball to James Brown, who made ground before the Tongan prop picked up again and put Brods deep in the York 22.

From a scrum the ball was moved left and following a ruck Jennings drove strongly for the line. His pop up pass was taken excellently by Standeven and flying winger Eddie Carter finished in fine fashion wide on the left.

The conversion was missed and Brods held firm defending their line in the final few minutes.

Old Brodleians will be entertaining Acklam this Saturday (2.15).

Acklam, a Yorkshire club who hail from the Middlesbrough area, were transferred sideways at the end of last season to the Yorkshire Leagues from the Durham and Northumbrian League Division 1.

The Yorkshire Leagues are somewhat stronger than their North Eastern equivalent and unfortunately this has proved to be the case with the club not yet having achieved a victory, and they are stuck at the bottom of the league with only two points gained from 11 matches played. In recent weeks they were unlucky to lose at home to Heath,15-6, however they have shipped in points away at Ilkley, 74-14 and Keighley 53-26.

For Brods, James Brown was injured again on Saturday with a recurrence of his shoulder injury and Jimmy Ogden will no doubt be looking forward to continuing his good form in the hooking position. Captain Kyle Millward will be looking to return to the second row following his “ mystery “ knee injury, while Kristian Sharples is unavailable on the left wing, so there will be changes in the format of the back three with the possibility of fly-half Danny Wood switching to full-back and Matty Hoyle to his usual position on the wing.