Brods will not hit panic button

Old Brods under 13s hooker Jimmy Stega-Jones is surrounded by the Keighley pack during Sundays game at Woodhead'
Old Brods under 13s hooker Jimmy Stega-Jones is surrounded by the Keighley pack during Sundays game at Woodhead'

OLD Brodleians are not about to press the panic button after two damaging home defeats in the space of eight days.

Had the Woodhead men been on the right end of close scorelines against Heath and York, they would now be sitting comfortably in mid-table in Yorkshire One.

Instead, they travel to next-to-bottom Barnsley tomorrow with just four sides below them and possibly facing a fight to avoid a second successive relegation.

John Cole, who took over as coach this season, said: “We have just fallen the wrong side of a couple of close results but I don’t think we are doing a lot wrong.”

Having won their last two away games, at Knottingley and Pontefract, he said there was no reason why his side shouldn’t head to Barnsley with optimism.

Brods led 14-0 after 23 minutes against a York side just above them in the table last Saturday, thanks to long-range strikes from young wingers Eddie Carter and Mike Briggs and two Dan Wood conversions.

However, York responded through fullback Joe Kirker on 34 minutes and cut the deficit down the slope in the second half to two points with a brace of unconverted tries from close range by replacement forward Joe Maud.

York stand off Ben Johnson had been unconvincing with his first three attempts at goal but crucially hit the target with a straightforward penalty two minutes from time to give the visitors victory.

Cole said: “It was very disappointing that a minor indiscretion round the edges of a ruck with two minutes left cost us the game.”

The coach felt his side had generally stood up well to a huge York pack and second half rain had not helped their cause.

“We have had very limited time so far to put in place some poor weather options,” he said.

Flanker Andy Finn returned to professional rugby league before last Saturday’s game, this time on trial at Featherstone Rovers, and Cole said the player would be missed.

“He made a big difference to us. He became a big part of the team in a very short time,” said Cole.

OLD Brods under 15s made up for the previous week’s defeat against Huddersfield with a 36-28 success over Stockport.

Brods kicked off downhill in the first half and followed up with strength, determination and great attacking play for a quick first try by Regan Hargreaves, converted by Tom Wilson.

Some great play followed with movement of the ball to the wings and Brods began to dominate which resulted in their next try by Connor Pollard. Brods played to their ability with skilful inside passing and good work at the rucks, Jimmy Hodkinson getting the ball out quickly at scrum-half and the strength of Joe Sealey, Pete Ashton and Josh Forrest driving down field, enabling speedy full-back Alex Snowball to create a third try for Brods, Wilson converting.

Stockport fought back well but never really threatened Brods in the first half as the final try went to Forrest, Wilson converting, to open up a 26-0 interval lead.

The second half saw a different game as Stockport kicked off with renewed vigour. Brods were unprepared and some delayed tackling saw the Cheshire boys take the first score twice to reduce the deficit to 26-14.

Stockport began to ship the ball with pace and though Brods stepped up their tackling their opponents scored again to take them within one try at 26-21.

Brods renewed their attack with a great phase of play, this time allowing Tom Wilson to score and convert his try. Stockport fought back with a further try before a final line out and push forward saw Tom Wilson claim the final try.