Free-scoring Brods hit eight as Yarnbury are put to the sword

Oliver Akroyd
Oliver Akroyd

The Old Brodleians try-scoring machine was in full production again in Saturday’s 52-9 win at Yarnbury in Yorkshire One.

Another eight touchdowns helped the Hipperholme side’s points tally climb to 163 points in their opening four games.

Brods opened strongly with a try inside five minutes from Samoan centre Manu following a powerful break down the left from rangy winger Phil Tow. Dan Wood converted from the touchline.

Tow made another long-range break after 15 minutes, beating the cover defence to score wide out.

The Leeds side pulled back three points following an offside decision.

Wood and Liam Scott were finding good field position with their kicking out of hand and the Brods forwards were dominant in all phases.

A break by Ollie Akroyd on halfway was supported by Tow and he out-paced the defence to score wide on the left, Wood’s well struck kick extending the lead to 19-3 on 30 minutes.

Injured Jack Andrews was replaced by Matt Wroot with Matt Raven moving to hooker. Brods camped on the Yarnbury try line and Wroot forced his way through a spirited defensive line on the right and Wood converted on the stroke of half-time.

Brods continued their dominance, aided by good lineout ball. Bob Sykes was dominant in the air from the accurate throwing of Raven.

The scrum was solid with Josh Cricknay and Alex Dawson bossing their opponents and the second row of Pete Williams and Lee Scrimshaw worked hard to keep them moving forward.

On 45 minutes Dawson won possession just inside the home 22 and powered his way to the line, beating several attempted tackles to touch down under the posts. Wood extended the lead to 33-3.

The home side asserted themselves on 55 minutes when scrum-half and captain Oliver Cashman broke clear for an unconverted try.

Brods replied with a try from Wood, following some excellent handling by the backs. With 20 minutes to go Danny Monk gave new signing Ben Barron his debut and he took his chance, the youngster showing outstanding pace to score two tries.

This was an excellent team effort from Brods and the young side’s confidence is clearly building.