Old Brodleians were convincing 28-0 home winners against Knottingley in yesterday’s battle of the basement pair in Yorkshire One.
The sides went into the Woodhead contest with only one league win between them this season - Brods’ opening day success at Dinnington - and were aware that the losers faced the prospect of a relegation fight.
In the event it was a one-sided match and Brods scored four tries, all converted by young stand off Danny Wood, in the first 50 minutes to ensure a maximum five-point haul.
Brods, boosted by the returns of Luke Scrimshaw and Andy Finn to join Danny Vento in a useful-looking back row, have had plenty of defending to do in their first six matches but an excellent collective effort meant they played almost the entire contest on the front foot.
A very limited Knottingley side, whose only threat came from their long-striding No 8, created one scoring opportunity in the whole 80 minutes but their right-wing break in the second half was fairly comfortably snuffed out.
Brods took only four minutes to hit the front playing against the slope. Scrimshaw picked the ball up from the base of a scrum and headed for the blind side in a tried and tested move before sending scrum half Ian Mallard over, Wood adding the goal from 15 metres in from touch.
The home side were dominating possession and showing confidence and enterprise while Knottingley could only get their hands on the ball for a matter of seconds. So it was no surprise when Brods scored a second converted try on 23 minutes.
Finn, released by Warrington RLFC, was heavily involved in a passage of good support play spanning some 65 metres up the right and the move was completed by young winger Michael Briggs.
Brods made it 21-0 seven minutes later following Wood’s penalty to touch 20 metres out, Scrimshaw producing a surprising turn of foot to shoot under the posts from a telling pass in midfield.
A knock on by Aaron Fowler gave Knottingley a rare foothold in the home 22 but the fullback made amends by bringing the ball away with a good run and the visitors were still struggling to get into the game as the half-time whistle sounded.
Brods pressed hard down the hill but couldn’t finish off their openings until the 50th minute when the other Scrimshaw brother, lock Lee, produced a determined charge to the try line from 15 metres.
Finn returned from a spell in the sin-bin but Brods rather lost their way in the final half hour, during which much of the play was between the 22 metres lines.
The home side, aided by good performances from Callum Thompson, Alex Dawson and Jamie McLaughlin in the scrum, did finish strongly and will feel that they should have had a couple more tries.
The maturing Wood, who kicked superbly throughout, put several penalties into the corner only for the hosts to fail to secure their lineout ball.
John Cole’s side moved above Heath and Barnley in the table and will go to Scarborough next Saturday with a little more confidence.