There will be no let-up for Old Brodleians, even though they are almost certain to be playing Yorkshire One rugby again next season.
Last week’s 22-19 home win over bottom club Barnsley, achieved in dramatic circumstances, put them out of reach as far as the South Yorkshire side are concerned, and left Knottingley with an near impossible task of avoiding the
second relegation berth.
However, Woodhead coach John Cole has his eyes on one more target as Brods complete a difficult transitional season away to Bridlington tomorrow and then at home to Dinnington a week later.
“I want us to reach the 50-point mark and if we can do that it would be a fitting reward for all the hard work we have put in this season,” Cole said.
Brods are currently on 46 points so one win would be enough to hit Cole’s target but he made it clear he wants to in both remaining games.
If the Hipperholme men did that, a record of six wins out of seven to finish the campaign would give them plenty of momentum to carry forward.
Cole reckoned that last week’s fluctuation contest “summed up the highs and lows of rugby at Brods.”
He had implored his players to treat it as their “survival game”, only for Brods to perform poorly for the first 50 minutes and fall 12-3 behind.
However, Brods’ plight seemed to hit home and the arrival of talismanic No 8 Luke Scrimshaw from off the bench helped them turn the tide.
Back rower Andy Finn set the ball rolling with an unconverted try wide on the right and Brods hit the front on 61 minutes when centre Rob Jennings easily brushed off two tacklers to score by the posts.
Danny Wood, who had kicked an early penalty, converted.
The resurgent home men looked comfortable but Wood’s charged down clearance and fullback Phil Town’s failure to kick the ball dead enabled centre Craig Jeffels to score what looked the winning try for Barnsley with four minutes left.
However, Brods gave another illustration of their spirit by going back up the other end for Town to make amends and Wood to convert.
Cole admitted he thought his side had blown the game it when Jeffels scored.
“It had ‘sickening’ written all over it,” Cole said. “All that hard work for nothing - we were about to get a slap in the face.
“But from the depths of despair the players showed great commitment and a good mindset to rescue the situation.”