BRODS continued with their improvement in form with an excellent away win at seventh-placed Scarborough in difficult conditions.
Brods showed some dogged determination in the first half playing against a strong wind and building a half time lead which Scarborough, despite a second half onslaught, were unable to recover from.
Brods defended scrum and line and tackled ferociously before forcing their way out of defence with barn storming charges from Callum Thompsom and skipper Lee Scrimshaw.
The Hipperholme forward pack relished taking on the Seasiders with some surging gains down the touchline, featuring Millward and Dawson and it was a barn storning run from Thompson, who broke several tackles in centre field before showing great pace and providing the final pass to the supporting Finn who scored then to the great delight of the large contingent of travelling supporters.
The difficult conversion was missed due to the high wind, however the score gave Brods much needed confidence to continue with their game plan. Dominating the lineout and showing great power in the scrum, Brods’ back row were enjoying their challenge as they continued to deprive the seasiders of any good possession.
Brods surged forward again and with quick ball Jonny Hotham hit a great line to power through several tacklers and touch down under the posts to the further delight his team mates. Danny Wood made no mistake to extend the score to 12-0.
With five minutes to half time Scarborough threw everything into attack and it looked like a certain score when the ball was moved to the right, however the final pass was forward and Brods survived to halftime.
The second half was a test of character for a side who have been lacking confidence. The effort exerted in attack in the first half may have taken its toll however and the Woodhead boys stuck to their task with Dominic Georgiou making an excellent debut both in attack and defence.
After 10 minutes of the second half Brods forced the home side into giving a penalty for offside and it was Wood who stepped up to coolly take a further three points and extend the lead to 15-0. Scarborough increased their work rate and their pacy backs were a constant threat and Dawson made a great cover tackle to deny Scarborough’s left wing a good chance.
The pressure eventually broke the Brods’ defensive wall and by keeping the ball alive the lively left wing Corey Dennis finished with great pace wide on the right. The try was converted and with a further three points from a penalty goal the finale was set with the game very much in the balance for the closing 15 minutes. Brods held their nerve however and defended as if their lives depended on the result. Brods laid the foundations for this excellent win in a superb opening 40 minutes.
They showed increasing confidence and will look to kick on further following this excellent result over the next few weeks. Much work is still to be done however but there is a hunger to improve further and this re-emerging side have the taste to work hard and continue their improvement.
The second team were forced to take an away fixture at Bramley following Sandal’s inability to field a side. Brods were successful, winning a tough encounter.
The Beavers took a side to Hull Ionians, however despite a great effort were unable to come away with a victory.
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