Cole’s Brods show promise for new season despite warm up derby loss

Action from Brods v Pendle
Action from Brods v Pendle

Last season Brods travelled to Laund Hill early in the season and were given a lesson in powerful running rugby from a strongside who went on to gain promotion.

The Huddersfield side have strengthened further for their season in North One East so the Hipperholme side knew that they would face a big challenge in preparation for this week’s opening league game at home to Dinnington.

In the early exchanges the confident Huddersfield side ran the ball strongly and within five minutes had registered the first score on the right following some poor tackling by the visitors.

The Brods defence was being tested repeatedly, however they gradually worked their way back into the game with some solid defence and good handling along the back line.

Good work earned a penalty and Danny Wood took full advantage by kicking the goal to make it 7-3 after 12 minutes. Almost immediately from the restart Brods worked the ball right and Sam Deacon fed Rob Jennings on halfway.

Jennings beat the covering defence with pace and power evading several tacklers on his way to the line wide on the right to give Brods an 8-7 lead after 15 minutes.

Armitage was strong around the ruck, although under severe pressure on the fringes. The home side were not coping well with the surging runs of the Brods forwards and Jennings and Williams featured with strong ball carries.

The backs looked dangerous with David Spivey making his reappearance in Brods colours, while Christian Sharples and Matty Hoyle proved to be a real handful for their opposite numbers.

After a long period of Brods pressure Sam Deacon combined with Sharples before he released Peter Williams who made the final surge over the line for 13-7.

YM were fortunate to register a try following a clear forward pass and this gave them heart especially as Armitage had to leave field with an arm injury. McLaughlin also left the field resulting in non contested scrums which clearly favoured the home side as the Brods pack had been dominating at this stage.

Debutant James Brown, recently signed from Bradford and Bingley, came on at hooker and looks to be a promising acquisition.

YM took advantage of a loose pass to gain possession and worked the ball left then right before finishing well in the corner to take the lead at 19-13.

YM extended their lead with a further try close to the posts, duly converted, and in the closing minutes completed the scoring.

Coach John Cole was pleased with his sides overall performance.

Huddersfield YMCA 31

Brods 13