Salem the latest to suffer at hands of flying Brods

OLD BRODLEIANS continued their good start to the season with another encouraging performance to stay in third place in Yorkshire One with another maximum five-point haul.

In excellent conditions, Salem immediately put the visitors under pressure and Brods defended well until the home side were awarded a scrum between the posts.

Ashton won the ball against the head, Rob Jennings picked up, made ground and cleared to touch. The pressure continued, though, and the speedy Salem backs linked well for Nick Fontaine to touch down on the right wing for a try converted by Belcher.

Brods gradually gained territory with Hamer featuring with some strong carries, and Matt Willis on hand in support to finish strongly between the posts. Akroyd converted to put the teams level.

The visitors continued to gain the upper hand with control of the scrum and lineout and on 34 minutes they asserted their authority with a terrific drive from a scrum five metres out. The Brods pack shunted Salem back over their own line and Jennings made the most of their opportunity by touching down, Akroyd again converting.

Outstanding young prop Reece Ward left the field with an ankle injury and the scrum seemed to suffer as Brods conceded a penalty which Belcher converted from halfway, leaving Brods 14-10 ahead at the break.

Brods opened the second half with some terrific handling with Hamer again featuring with a powerful run in midfield.

His offload found the supporting Andy Clay whose immediate pass to Hoyle put the full-back in space to touch down in the corner. Unfortunately the touch judge’s flag went up for a toe in touch and play came back for a lineout.

Brods continued to control the game with some powerful drives in midfield from the forwards and the backs linking well.

With Salem reduced to 14 men following a yellow card for a high tackle, Brods turned the screw when a scrum was awarded 10 metres out.

Lee Scrimshaw had entered the fray at No 8 and took his opportunity behind a dominant pack to touch down following another strong scrum.

The conversion was taken by Akroyd and the scoreline of 21-10 reflected Brods’ superiority.

After 64 minutes, Brods were rewarded for their efforts again with a further try earning them a bonus point when Clay ghosted through on the right of the posts to finish a well-worked move from the Brods half-backs Vine and Phillip Town.

Brods appeared to take their foot off the gas with the result seemingly decided and Salem immediately took advantage with another good try finished by Fontaine.

Salem continued to press, however when Akroyd cleared the Brods lines with a kick deep into Salem territory, Wilson seemed to be chasing a lost cause.

But, despite having given his opposite number a 10-metre start, the speedy young winger showed great intent as he overhauled the opposition, gathered the ball and dived in at the corner.

It was a spectacular final act from Brods, capping a resounding victory to continue their promising start to the campaign and keep them in third spot.