Liam’s final try is a real winning bonus

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BRODS reaffirmed their top six aspirations with a confident display against a competent Morpeth side, securing a rare bonus point in their 12th victory of the campaign.

The result lifted Brods back up to fifth in North One East and with a home game against Carlisle next up, the Woodhead men will be looking to continue their development in this learning curve of a season.

Morpeth started well and, playing down the slope, they opened the scoring through a neat move.

Centre Mooney put left winger Wotherspoon clear on the left for an unopposed run in, fly half Matty Jinks adding the conversion.

Jinks missed an opportunity to extend the visitors’ lead with a penalty attempt following a Brods infringement at a ruck.

However, he made no mistake with a second attempt from a similar position after 17 minutes.

Brods had hardly touched the ball, but on their first visit to the visitors’ 22 Ben Hoyle stole lineout ball and from an almighty forward drive Luke Scrimshaw touched down wide on the left. Ollie Akroyd had a difficult conversion which he struck superbly.

From the restart Brods increased the tempo with strong carries from Rob Jennings, Akroyd and Ben Hoyle.

From a scrum in their own half, the ball squirted out and Scrimshaw was able to control it and put Joe Armitage into enough space to draw defenders to put Liam Scott clear.

Scott’s well-timed pass brought James Marshall on to the ball at pace and with a well struck chip he beat the fullback and covering defenders to the ball for an excellent try and a 12-10 interval lead.

Brods continued to secure good ball from scrum and lineout and the visitors were lucky to escape as the home pack powered over the line from another surging maul only for the referee to adjudge the ball to be held up.

Matty Hoyle also went close but was denied by a forward pass before he detached himself from a rolling maul and his speed off the mark enabled him to beat the defence and extend the lead to 17-10.

Akroyd stretched the lead still further when a Morpeth defender was penalised for not releasing, and Brods were coasting at 20-10.

The high ball was proving difficult for the Morpeth defenders.

Home captain Richard Holborough made his mark on the visiting fullback with a huge hit in midfield following one take.

Then, when fly half Nick O’Connor tested the defence again with a huge up and under, Scott chased and fielded the ball on the bounce from the unnerved defenders and raced to the line unopposed to touch down under the posts .

Akroyd’s conversion extended the lead and the try secured a welcome bonus point with Brods easily managing to hold on to their advantage until the final whistle.

l Brods’ second and third teams suffered defeats at the hands of Hull and Bramley respectively while the Beavers travelled to Leodiensians to play their second XV/development side and came way with a 31-26 victory.