Hullensians 17 Old Brodleians 12: Brods show heart but are beaten at the death

Directing traffic: Oliver Akroyd kept Old Brodleians in the game with his accurate kicking.
Directing traffic: Oliver Akroyd kept Old Brodleians in the game with his accurate kicking.

Old Brodleians came close to pulling off a creditable draw at in form Hullensians on Saturday, but ultimately fell short in the poor conditions.

The Hipperholme boys were bound to be up against it against a side who the previous week had overcome the unbeaten Yorkshire One league leaders Bradford and Bingley.

The rain was continuous and the pitch was very wet as Brods kicked off and with good ball retention worked their way into the home side’s 22.

From an offside offence Brods were awarded a penalty on five minutes and took an early 3-0 lead through the boot of Akroyd.

Brods continued to press from the restart, however, from a promising position, an attempted kick from Scott was charged down by Jordan Knapp who raced away to score and provide a simple conversion for Biglin.

Manu was yellow carded for not moving away in a ruck and whilst down to 14 men, Hullensians moved the ball well to young left winger Josh Langford showed great footwork to beat Matty Hoyle and score in the corner.

Despite the unsuccessful conversion, the home side led 12-3.

Brods’ scrum however was strong and the lineout was working well as they continued to play a territory game , they were awarded a penalty for offside and Akroyd kicked from 35 metres to reduce the deficit to 12-6.

With half-time approaching and with Brods pressing the visitors were awarded a penalty for interference at a ruck.

Akroyd stepped forward again to convert an excellent penalty and with a scoreline of 12-9 to the home side, the game was still clearly in the balance .

In the second half, Brods had the upper hand in both territory and possession.

The lineout was working well and the scrum was solid, however defences on both sides were strong and the Woodhead men could not penetrate the opposition line.

The pressure finally told when, with seven minutes to play, Hullensians conceded 
a further penalty which Akroyd converted to level the score.

Having dominated the second half, all Brods needed to do was continue the pressure and take advantage of any error.

As it was it was the Brods who made the error whilst attacking deep in the Hullensians half, and the home side collected the ball before finally being stopped by Brods’ cover defence.

However, after several rucks on the Brods line, they finally forced their way 
over in the corner to claim victory.

Brods were naturally disappointed with the result, but it should not detract from what was a good performance in what were very testing conditions.

They take good heart in view of next week’s important home derby game to Heath at Woodhead.