Old Brodleians lost out in this second round tie of the Yorkshire Shield competition between two evenly matched sides who will be battling it out again on Saturday in the Yorkshire One league game to be played at Clifton Park in York.
Brods started brightly down the hill with the assistance of a slight breeze and were able to register the first try after six minutes play. Brods had spent this period pressing the York defence in their own 22 and with James Ogden striking against the head the ball was moved swiftly to Matty Hoyle who finished wide on the left.
Brods continued to press and were totally dominant at this stage in terms of both possession and territory. The pressure was turned into points when Sam Deacon used his strength to cross between the uprights and provide an easy conversion for Danny Wood after just 12 minutes play.
Brods appeared to be in total control until bizarrely in midfield the ball went to ground and they almost appeared to have stopped playing, expecting a penalty to be awarded against them for crossing. The referee quite rightly played advantage and York’s fleet-footed right winger quickly took advantage and scored in the corner to make it 12-5 after 22 minutes play.
Minutes later York took advantage of a brief visit to the Brods 22 and their fly-half dropped a goal to put them back into contention at 12-8. Brods reacted strongly and again took the game to the visitors , Jennings, Kivalu and Ward all made strong contributions which resulted in a penalty being awarded to the home side.The option was taken to take a scrum just 15 metres out, however the Woodhead men could not convert the possession into points and at half time the question being asked around the crowd was whether a four point lead would be sufficient?
Brods’ captain and key line out man Kyle Millward had left the field with a knee injury just before half time and he was replaced by Ed Botha.
In the second half Brods continued to dominate the scrum and Ogden took several more strikes against the head, however York in turn dominated the lineout and in the early stages of the second half the York fly-half popped up again with a further drop goal to reduce the arrears to 12-11.
The visitors’ confidence was clearly growing and after 22 minutes of the second half their powerful No 8 broke on the blind side of a scrum close to the Brods line and crossed for what was to be with the conversion the winning score. Brods again showed character powering back up the hill and laid siege to the York line, however they could not control their possession and perhaps with a little more patience they might have taken the spoils.
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Brods will travel to Clifton Park on Saturday to play York (2.15) following defeat to them last weekend in the Yorkshire Shield at Woodhead.
The game at Hipperholme was a close fought contest and John Cole’s side will be looking to improve on their performance over the full 80 minutes in order to gain important league points and maintain their challenge in the leading pack of clubs at the top of the table.
At times Brods overpowered the York side last weekend however lapses in concentration allowed the more experienced York team to get a toehold on the game and ultimately the spoils .
The York side will look forward to performing in front of their home supporters following recent home losses to Ilkley, 39-9 and Doncaster 20-23 .
A knee injury to Kyle Millward, the Brods’ captain will be considered at selection, as will be the availability of James Brown at hooker where James Ogden enjoyed a man of the match performance.
Callum Thompson will also be looking to return after a shoulder injury.
The Brods second team will be looking to get back into winning ways with a home fixture to York (2/15) and the Beavers will travel to Harrogate.
On Sunday the Brods senior Colts will be at home in the 3rd round of the National Cup competition and they will be entertaining West Park Leeds who halted Brods 12 month unbeaten run last Sunday with a 34-13 victory . The kick off will be 1.00 pm and a good crowd is expected.