Stalemate is a step forwards for struggling Brods

Rugby union - Old Brods (red) v Ilkley.'Andrew Finn for Brods.
Rugby union - Old Brods (red) v Ilkley.'Andrew Finn for Brods.

Brods are without a Yorkshire One win in two months so this was a step forward on a run of tough fixtures.

Fourth-placed Ilkley came to Woodhead with a record of 11 wins from 17 league games and they were matched by the home side, whose lack of a cutting edge meant their marked territorial advantage in the second half went largely unrewarded.

Chances were at a premium. Ilkley scored a converted try seven minutes before the break and Brods did the same eight minutes after it. Each side had one penalty chance, visiting marksman Mike Cochia hitting the left hand upright and Danny Wood dragging a kick of similar difficulty wide.

Ilkley made the breakthrough when Gareth Standeven was caught isolated in possession after half an hour.

Cochia’s penalty came back off the post but it might have been better for Brods had it gone over.

The ball rebounded to No 8 Jennings, whose attempted clearance failed to find touch, and Ilkley returned the ball with interest, a missed tackle resulting in centre Craig Barker scoring to the right of the posts.

Cochia converted and Brods suffered another blow on the restart when flanker Andy Finn was yellow carded for a late tackle.
The home side saw it through to half time, surviving one scare down the right from the dangerous Ilkley backs, whose influence waned as the game went on.

Finn’s return was followed by a Wood penalty to touch 15 metres out and Brods made the most of the position, Thompson battering his way over in a pile of bodies and Wood levelling the scores with the goal.

Wood’s penalty miss came on 53 minutes but Ilkley survived fairly comfortably for the rest of the contest, only a weaving Sharples run and a Finn hack forward which just ran dead providing their only moments of anxiety.

Old Brodleians 7

Ilkley 7