Brods youngsters set for stern examination by student side

Pontefract v Brods', 0035 is of Ed Botha setting off to score his first try,

Pontefract v Brods', 0035 is of Ed Botha setting off to score his first try,

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A quiet weekend is in prospect for the Old Brodleians with their senior side not in action this weekend.

However, their second string will travel to a new fixture for the club at Sheffield Medicals (3.00) in the Western Championship competition .

The Medics are enjoying a successful period with their first team pushing for promotion to Yorkshire One.

The Brods second string are themselves having a fine season and are in second position with a youthful development side competing in a division of strong experienced sides.

Unbeaten in their last four league games they will travel with confidence .

There may well be a number of senior Colts in the Brods side as the Under 19s season draws to a conclusion, several of whom may be on their way to college this summer.

Brods Beavers entertainHalifax seconds at Woodhead, immediately after the international between England and Italy.

This is the Beavers final warm up game prior to their annual European tour.

Next Friday the team formerly known as the the Vets will fly to Malaga for a fixture on the Saturday against Malaga Club Veterans (11.45).

The game is to be played on an Astroturf pitch

Old Brodleians were on the wrong end of a close scoreline for once, losing 25-24 at Pontefract in Yorkshire One.

However, they had the consolation of picking up two bonus points.

Pontefract are always difficult to beat at Moor Lane and were motivated in their bid to beat the drop.

Brods dominated possession in the early stages with Rob Jennings and Callum Thompson carrying the ball well.

Danny Wood’s penalty drifted wide before Ponty were reduced to 14 men when hooker Smith was yellow carded for leading with his elbow, Kyle Millward leaving the field for attention to his jaw.

Five minutes later the home No 8 was very lucky to receive only a yellow for a head butt.

On 21 minutes Brods’ pressure finally told when Jonjo Ward took a quick tap to feed Jennings on the charge. The talented No 8 sent the supporting Ed Botha over the try line.

Pontefract responded immediately and when Brods lost the ball from a scrum on their own 22, it was moved swiftly to speedy centre Craig Fawcett, whose arcing run beat the Brods defence. Dean converted to give the home side a 7-5 lead.

Pontefract started to dominate possession and Fawcett again showed his pace to score wide on the left to make it 12-5 on 32 minutes.

Brods’ Pete Williams received a yellow card in an increasingly fractious game.

Pontefract lost control of the ball and Kristian Sharples chased Liam Scott’s kick ahead. The ball ran loose for Sam Deacon to pick up and cross. Wood’s conversion was just wide and Dean kicked a penalty just before half time for an interval score of 15-10.

Ponty extended their lead to 25-10 with a penalty and a converted try on the back of a charged down Brods kick.

Jennings left the field injured but Brods doubled their efforts with Ed Botha excelling in attack and defence.

From a Botha carry, the supporting Loma Kivalu produced one of his characteristic short-range touch downs but the referee was unsighted and disallowed the try.

Brods showed character and Scott fed Deacon, and the powerful Kiwi centre finishing well to give Wood an easy conversion.

With 20 minutes left Brods continued to press and Botha finished well following strong runs from Kivalu and Deacon.

Wood’s conversion reduced the gap to one point but the visitors could no conjure up a winning score.