No repeat of festival victory

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BRODS travelled to Grassington full of confidence following their success at the District Festival the week before.

They got off to a slow start against a side intent on revenge after festival defeat.

Brods went behind when they lost the ball in the tackle, allowing Wharfedale to break away for a try.

A second soon followed when Wharefdale, from a scrum on halfway, moved the ball down the line for their winger to slip tackles on a run to the line.

Brods tightened their defence, with notable tackles from Cillian Neal, Tom Ashton and Jimmy Stega-Jones.

The Wharfedale defence also held firm to keep it at 14-0 at the break.

 The second half was different as Brods increased the tempo, with Ben Stringer getting the back line organised and pushing Wharfedale back with a series of clearance kicks.

Brods got the early try when Neal went on a run, twisting and driving with support from the pack to the Wharfedale line and Sam Allen squeezed over.

 A second try came after driving runs from Sam Robinson and Allen when a smart kick ahead by Ben Stringer was followed up by Liam Stapley who pounced on the loose ball and forced his way over.

Stringer’s second conversion levelled the scores.

 Wharfedale however mounted attacks of their own which required strong tackling to keep out, with one notable tackle by diminutive winger Alexander West worthy of note.

The final minutes of the game saw renewed pressure on the Wharfedale line and Brods were twice driven into touch as they strove for the winning score.