old Brodleians 2nd XV maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a battling 29-7 win over the visiting Bradford Salem Seconds.
Playing uphill, Brods took the lead after 12 minutes when returning Dan Cole found space on half-way to race towards the top corner before putting Matt Smith in for the try.
A second try came soon after from centre Tom Clee and was converted by Tom Breakwell to put the hosts ahead 12-0 at the break.
Salem picked up their pace at the start of the second half, pressurising Brods’ defence. The hosts defended well for prolonged periods but were guilty of a number of penalties and found themselves reduced to 14 men when Alex Rackshaw was yellow-carded for being off-side. Seconds later, Salem’s pressure paid off when they finally got over the line.
Brods had weathered a storm and were looking forward to getting their hands back on the ball whereas Salem looked like they’d given everything they had with little more in the tank.
The rest of the half was controlled by the home side with some impactful forward play providing the momentum for the whole Brods back line to strike, setting up James Marshall to touch down twice for two of the easiest tries he will ever score.
Cameron Wroot finished the match off accordingly with a marauding try just before the final whistle.