Stern cup test was too much for Brods

Brods under 17s' Greg Roper goes over the line for the second Brods try.
Brods under 17s' Greg Roper goes over the line for the second Brods try.

BRODS Junior Colts faced their toughest test this season when they played host to Ilkley in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup.

Ilkley, who are two divisions higher than Brod, were taking no chances and fielded a very big strong team.

This did not daunt the youngsters from Woodhead, who knew they had nothing to lose and everything to prove.

Ilkley kicked off down the slope and the Brods showed straight away that they were not going to be a pushover with some determined play which took them well into their opponents half.

Ilkley eventually turned over possession and passed the ball through several pairs of hands for their big No. 8 to score under the posts.

Undeterred Brods continued the pressure and eventually their pace and determination paid off when Ben Armitage crossed the line. Chris Bell was unsuccessful with the conversion.

Ikley then found their feet and despite some fearless defending from Brods ran in three tries to take a 24-5 lead into half-time.

The team talk from coaches Gary Wilson and Neil “Shed” Sheard at half time did the trick as Brods started the second half with renewed determination.

Eventually this pressure paid off when Bell’s skilful handling opened up a gap which gave Greg Roper enough space to force himself over and keep Brods in the game at 24-10.

Ilkley, despite looking tired after such a sustained attack, showed their class and finished with three more tries and go through to meet Guisborough in the next round.