Brods face another tough day as they target place in top six

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Saturday’s home Yorkshire One game with Selby (2.15) looks like being another big test for the Woodhead men as they strive to gain a top six spot.

The visitors are one of the form teams in the league and are currently enjoying an unbeaten run of seven matches.

Their victories include several notable scalps including Wath, Heath, Scarborough and York on their travels plus a 0-0 draw at home to Ilkley.

They should hold no fears for the Brodleians as the Hipperholme side produced one of their best displays of the season at Selby with a 23-15 victory back in October.

If the home team display the spirit and effort from last week and manage the conditions, which are sure to be difficult, then the home crowd can expect another very competitive match up.

The team will be missing Callum Thompson, who is away on holiday, therefore Jonjo Ward will take his well deserved chance for a starting spot in the front row.

Second row Matt Willis suffered a groin injury last Saturday and is therefore a doubt. Matty Hoyle will come back into contention for selection following his absence last weekend and Phil Town will also be considered as he builds his match fitness following his lay off for much of the season through injury.

Ilkley 20

Old Brods 13

Brods continued with their improvement in form with a gutsy performance at Yorkshire One table-toppers Ilkley.

The home side started strongly with the benefit of a gusting wind and opened the scoring after a mistake at the back of a scrum saw the ball fall into the hands of openside flanker Gus Ramsay who drove to the line before releasing to No8 Brewer who crashed over in the 15th minute.

Brods responded well and took the game to their hosts with strong scrummaging and enthusiastic work all around the field.

Pete Williams and Callum Thompson carried the ball well and gained the territory to pressurise their hosts. Jennings went close then, following an enterprising switch in play, the ball was moved left and Eddie Carter went close to scoring.

The pressure was building and from the resulting ruck Loma Kivalu picked up and forced his way over to level the scores on 30 minutes. Ilkley responded themselves and took the lead again through a penalty goal just before the half time break.

With the benefit of the wind in the second half, Brods kicked well for territory and continued to control the game. When the ball was moved right Kristian Sharples broke clear and he chased his kick ahead to re-gather and touch down in the corner, Wood unable to convert from the touchline.

Ilkley had to raise their game and regain the initiative which they did from a lineout close to the visitors line. Their drive was good and finished by flanker Ollie Renton.

The home team came back again and a strong run from Alastair Monks produced a further score and the conversion from between the posts extended the lead to 20-10.

Brods showed character and a Wood penalty with five minutes to go gained the Woodhead men a deserved bonus point.

Brods seconds secured a vital victory in the West Yorkshire championship race with a convincing home win over second placed challengers Huddersfield.