Brodleians got one over their rivals and take a psychological edge in to this weekend’s return fixture.
Morley Thirds made a strong start down the hill on Beaver Park and opened the scoring after bumping off big Russ Crowther in the tackle, making it 5-0.
After the restart the youthful Morley side showed intent and once again ran through some balsa wood defence to score near the posts. The successful conversion on this occasion made it 12-0.
The Beavers’ resolve was strong though, and continually pushing up the hill for most of the first half paid dividends for the veteran prop Gary Wilson who used all his cunning and considerable power to barge the ball down for a well earned forward try.
The second half was a different story to the first and the Beavers showed heart and determination to raise their game and imply an authoritarian defence with ease, the fruits of which later provided a bustling try from captain Dean Wilson, a stunning effort from 40 yards.
This time the captain converted and scores were level at 12-12.
The visitors replied though with some expansive running as you would expect from a young third team and scored up the hill.
The conversion attempt never left the ground and dribbled into the left upright – a twist of fate that would prove crucial.
The Beavers’ forward power in the second half which saw them dominate the ball and the mauls, allowed prop Steve McAvan his first ever try to the right of the posts to which Wilson added the extras to complete the scoring and ensure a narrow victory.
A well contested game and a hunger for the return leg of this fixture on Saturday.