Brods come up with a super show to down high flying Wath

Tom Wildsmith sidesteps a Keighley defender during Old Brods U14s victory
Tom Wildsmith sidesteps a Keighley defender during Old Brods U14s victory

Brods produced one of their best performances in several seasons to overcome early Yorkshire One front-runners Wath in excellent conditions.

New arrival Lomab also had a storming run, yet it was Wath who took the lead on 12 minutes following a questionable penalty, Appleyard accepting the three points.

Tom Ashton hands off a Keighley tackler during Old Brods U14s victory

Tom Ashton hands off a Keighley tackler during Old Brods U14s victory

The Hipperholme men replied immediately with powerful running and good support from Callum Thompson and Luke Scrimshaw. Brods were rewarded with a scrum 20 metres out and Joe Armitage escaped several attempted tackles and jinked his way under the posts to give Danny Wood an easy conversion.

But the Wath pack drove to touch down and lead at 8-7.

Brods replied immediately and took the game back to their experienced opponents. James Brown led the charge and grabbed possession to touch down close to the posts. Danny Wood again converted for a half time lead of 8-14.

Brods started the second half in similar fashion pressurising the Wath backs into errors and following a poor clearance Matty Hoyle and Pete Williams combined to return the ball with interest, James Wellington was on hand in support to score wide on the left, Danny Wood again on target from close to the touchline for 21-11,

Brods were caught offside and Wath took the three points before Bartlett showed his strength to pull his side back into the game with a try under the posts.

It looked like the home side would take the spoils against the run of play when their powerful flanker Martin Balshaw broke several tackles and released Steve Mason to score.

The missed conversion left the score at 25-21 in favour of the home side and a real test of the Woodhead men’s character.

Wood missed a penalty from halfway with eight minutes to go and when given another chance captain Kyle Millward chose to go for the corner and a lineout on the Wath 25.

The ball was won, the Brods pack drove and gave the home side a taste of their own medicine as Scrimshaw took command and secured the try.

Wood’s kicking continued with the conversion.

Wath Upon Dearne 25

Old Brods 28

Old Brods under 14s extended their unbeaten run to four games with a well earned 42-15 victory at Keighley,

Brods opened the scoring, George Hodkinson feeding Ben Stringer down the blind side, who drove over in the corner.

Brods started to throw the ball wide at every opportunity and Harris Morris outpaced the defence to score under the posts. He then scored another following a chip over the top. Keighley replied with a try in the corner to make it 21-5 at half time.

Brods continued to dominate with the scrum solid and Jimmy Stega-Jones finding his jumpers in the line-outs. Defensively they snuffed out most of Keighley’s counter attacks with crunching tackles, notably from Connor Murphy, CJ Russell Liam Stapley and Will Coldwell in the backs and Jacob Mather and Tom Ashton up front.

Morris secured his hat-trick while Coldwell again showed his pace to score under the posts before Tom Wildsmith sidestepped three defenders after an offload from Morris to score. Joe Potter and Murphy kicked three goals apiece.