Brods battle wind and rain to beat Skipton

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Old Brods under 15s made the best of the atrocious conditions to beat Skipton 34-7 in a highly entertaining game played in a great spirit.

Brods were the first to score after five minutes when a Skipton scrum was won against the head and Jack Moger quickly moved the ball out to Nick Galvin who put Reece Ward through a gap for try in the corner.

Brods’ forwards were dominating the much bigger Skipton pack, winning all the scrums, line outs and controlling a lot of ball from the ruck area.

From one ruck quick ball by Moger was spun out to Matt Dixon who beat his opposite number and just as the full back made the tackle off loaded to Michael Dunn in support.

He was stopped short of the line, but Faham picked up from the back of the ruck to score in the corner for a 10-0 lead. Brods were enjoying a lot of possession and drop balls and knock-ons occurred due to the wet conditions.

When the ball did stick it was used to good effect, moving through the hands to full back Joe Laycock who embarked on a mazy run to the line.

A good tackle from the Skipton centre stopped him short of the line but he offloaded to Ward for his second try of the game and a 15-0 half time advantage.

Brods scored straight after the restart when a good break by Jack Sharpe was carried on by George Pickles and Oliver Booth who was stopped short. Quick ball enabled Ward to crash through the defence to score his third try, Michael Dunn converting.

Skipton then enjoyed their best spell of the game and it was no surprise when they scored with the blindside flanker scoring under the posts for a well deserved try converted by the centre.

Brods responded from the kick-off after Skipton lost the ball in the tackle. Faham made a good break though the defence with Ward in support and he rounded the full back to score by the post for his fourth try, Dunn converting for 29-7.

Brods then completed the scoring with the last play of the game. Max Oakland made a break, taking play into the Skipton half. The ball was passed onto Dunn who went on a mazy run to the line for a fine try to end the season in style.

OLD Brods under nines played host to a Morley side who agreed to travel to Woodhead for a final game of the season after they had been forced to cancel their own festival due to the weather.

Unfortunately the young Brods had been training for an hour before Morley arrived and the cold weather was beginning to take its toll many of the players

Brods made a slow start and both sides suffered from handling errors due mainly to the cold and wet conditions.

Brods began to show signs of settling into the game but Morley found a gap in the home side’s defence to score on the half time whistle.

Morley had brought a large squad and made a number of changes throughout the second half - a luxury the Brods did not have.

As a result Morley continued to be the stronger team and clocked up a further six tries. Brods continued to work hard in defence while Oliver Chin had a great run from deep in his own half to score a confident try before Dan Leahy scored a well deserved try after repeatedly putting the Morley defence under pressure to make the final score 7-2.