Improvement in form brings Brods deserved victory over gallant York

Actions from the game, Old Brods v Old Rish under 16s at Woodhead, Hipperholme.
Actions from the game, Old Brods v Old Rish under 16s at Woodhead, Hipperholme.

Old Brods under 15s hosted York on a bitterly cold morning and showed their ever improving ability with a 47-15 success.

Brods kicked off downhill with a great chase down field which saw full back Alex Snowball take the first try, Tom Wilson adding the extras.

Brods showed their strength and agility with a great inside pass from fly half George Ayrton to set up Harry Dunne for his first try, Wilson converting.

York proved strong in the rucks but Brods stuck to their game plan and great forwards play allowed Dunne to score his next try, Wilson again converting for 21-0.

Brods maintained their momentum with a great run and converted try by Conor Pollard before a lack of concentration saw York put their first points on the board.

This seemed to rattle the Brods and a counter-attack saw Dunne claim his hat trick, Wilson converting, for a 35-5 half time lead.

The second half was a much tougher game for Brods, although Alfie Blackhall scored a great try.

York fought on but could not prevent the strength of Dunne taking the next score for 47-5. However, York gained field position with some penalties and were camped close to their try line for the next 10 minutes.

Outstanding tackling by forwards Joe Sealey, Cole Wilson and Luke Chadwick halted the flow, but York’s relentless efforts were awarded with a try.

York continued to ruck Brods off the ball, James Millington and Oscar Mathers digging deep, but the visitors crossed again to complete the scoring.

Big Hitter: Joe Sealey, Man of the Match: Alex Snowball.

Old Brodleians under 13s saw the chance of victory slip away from them in a close encounter with old rivals Old Rishworthians which ended in a 15-12 defeat

The early stages saw Brods have the greater share of possession but being penned back in their own half, and from a turnover Rishworthians made use of the quick ball to take advantage of an overlap to score the opening try.

Soon after an injury to Cillian Neal saw Rishworthians gain the advantage of an extra man which they exploited, again finding space to pick up their second try for a 10-0 half time lead.

Brods came out for the second half with increased aggression and were soon rewarded for their efforts when Henry Wade made a driving run from half way, breaking tackles and feeding wing Tom Atkinson who beat the Rishworthians defence to score under the posts, Joe Potter converting.

Brods were put under pressure from the kick off which led to a five metre scrum on their own line from which Rishworthians scored a well worked try.

However, Brods weren’t finished and following driving runs from Henry Wade and Liam Stapley, Tom Ashton forced his way over only to be held up.

The pressure provided enough space for the returning Cillian Neal to get over to close the gap to three points but Rishies ran out deserved winners