Old Brodleians survived a late onslaught by the skin of their teeth to beat Wath-Upon-Dearne 18-15 in Yorkshire One on Saturday.
Dan Wood’s penalty approaching the 80-minute mark proved decisive as the Woodhead men completed a notable double over their fifth-placed Yorkshire One rivals.
However, Wath were less than happy that London referee Peter Shields denied them what would have been a winning try in added time, ruling that flanker Andy Beardshall had been held up over the line.
The visitors had refused to settle for a draw, turning down two kickable penalties in a frantic finale.
Brods, who had won the first meeting by three points in late September, were without injured flanker Ryan Harris but were able to field a stronger line-up than before Christmas.
In heavy conditions, they made the perfect start against the slope and low sun, scoring one of their best tries of the season after four minutes.
Stand off Dan Cole broke from half-way and Matt Hoyle, Sam Deacon and Loma Kivalu combined in some excellent support play before the Tongan prop touched down just to the right of the posts. Wood converted.
Visiting fullback Andrew Appleyard pulled back three points on nine minutes after Cole’s penalty failed to find touch and lock Pete Dawson had failed to safeguard possession at the breakdown.
Both sides were coughing up possession but Brods looked comfortable with big men Callum Thompson, Dawson and Kivalu making hard yards up the middle.
Mr Shields was also awarding them plenty of penalties and Wood’s line kicking was good.
Wood made it 10-3 with a straight 20 metre effort on 26 minutes but Wath hit the home side with a 12-point burst at the end of the half.
Winger Tom Quinn cantered in 10 metres to the right of the posts after a slick handling move from half-way but Quinn looked a reluctant goalkicker and duly missed the conversion.
Having failed to threaten in the opening 35 minutes, Wath were in again four minutes later when Eddie Carter’s inside pass landed Wood in trouble. Wath attacked from the fullback’s hasty clearance, centre Martin Bray touching down. Appleyard added the easy kick and the momentum was suddenly with the visitors.
The half-time whistle came at the right time for Brods, who regrouped and made it 15-15 seven minutes after the break.
Scrum half Josh Allen blew a golden opportunity when electing to go himself with men free outside but a loose Wath pass meant the visitors had to concede a five metre scrum.
The Hipperholme side don’t get too many pushover tries, particularly against renowned strong scrummaging sides like Wath, but they did on this occasion with No 8 Rob Jennings seemingly getting the touch down among a pile of bodies.
Wood surprisingly missed the conversion and Appleyard was then off target at the other end.
Play was centred between the half-way line and the Wath 22 but Brods’ hopes of getting a winning score took a knock when Kivalu was yellow carded on 65 minutes after his second offence at the breakdown.
Wood was short with an ambitious penalty attempt on 73 minutes but looked to have won it for his side when his straight 25 metre effort was high and handsome.
However, Cole was unable to clear into touch from the restart and Brods were forced to tackle desperately as their try line came under concerted pressure for the only time in the match.
Wath battered away for several minutes, winning a couple of penalties, but they were determined to go for a win and thought they had done so through Beardshall. However, Jennings and Sam Deacon did enough to convince Mr Shields otherwise.
Wath were awarded a five metre scrum but Brods took it against the head and gleefully kicked the ball off the park, ensuring they had ended a three-match losing run.