Young side unable to cope with power

Malton and Norton v Brods''Joe Armitage
Malton and Norton v Brods''Joe Armitage

THE young Brods side played the better rugby but were powerless to prevent a strong home side, who have recruited heavily since their promotion last season, to claim the points in this North One East clash

The Hipperholme men applied all the early pressure and played some attractive rugby in the opposition territory but could not break down the home defensive line until Nathan Scott made a powerful break through centre field. Unfortunately, his pass to brother Liam could not be taken and the chance was lost.

Brods took the lead from a penalty after 20 minutes but the home pack drove hard and Bradshaw claimed a try from close range.

Malton then increased their lead when Brods were penalised close to their line and after opting to scrummage again, forced a try which Teei Piawi converted for 12-3.

Brods were awarded a penalty close to the interval in midfield and young Danny Wood gratefully took the points, but from the long restart the Gannock men counter attacked and back row forward Mitchell put strong running centre Jarad Williams though a gap to score under the posts for a 19-6 interval lead.

Brods started the second half brightly, again dominating possession for long periods.

However, the Malton defence was equal to the task and the hosts counter attacked with purpose, resulting in a try close to the posts.

The Hipperholme men responded when scrum half Joe Armitage made a fine break and was brought down inches from the line.

The visitors could not take advantage of the position and with loss of David Skinner and Rob Jennings from the field through injuries the task was increasingly difficult.

Brods captain Luke Scrimshaw went close when held up over the line but then Malton broke directly from a scrum on halfway, creating the space for right wing Martin to score near the posts.

The conversion extended the lead to 38-6.

The Brods tackling was not up to scratch when powerful centre Williams broke from his own 22 and held off defenders before offloading and then taking the scoring pass wide on the left, Piawi adding the conversion as the final whistle blew.