Tries from new centres Sam Deacon and David Spivey helped Old Brodleians turn around a 13-3 interval deficit and register a highly-satisfactory 21-13 home win over Dinnington in their Yorkshire One opener.
Kiwi Deacon capped a promising debut with his 51st minute effort which helped the Woodhead men draw level and ex-Whitehall Warriors RL player Spivey took the home side into a lead they never looked in danger or relinquishing.
“Dinnington have been tipped as a top four side so to beat them first up was encouraging,” said coach John Cole, who had several more new faces on show.
Ex-Bradford and Bingley hooker James Brown and another RL convert, Pete Williams, contributed to a decent forward effort while Jonjo Ward, Joe Armitage and Matty Hoyle were all returning to the club.
Open side flanker Ryan Harris (shoulder) was an early casualty but Brods started well against the breeze and slope and were rewarded with a Danny Wood penalty after eight minutes.
Dinnington, Brods’ victims in the final match of last season, then started to apply pressure in the scrums and while they were second best to Brods in the lineouts they had the upper hand for most of the first half.
Highly-competent stand off Johnny West edged them in front with penalties after 16 and 21 minutes.
Deacon showed plenty of pace to nip one attack in the bud wide on Brods’ right but Tyle Stimpson was sent through the middle to score shortly afterwards, Hoyle rattling the posts alarmingly in his gallant efforts to tackle the Dinnington centre.
West’s easy kick made it 13-3 and Wood was unable to narrow the gap with a penalty attempt shortly before the break.
Brods were knocking on the door from the start of the second half and Wood’s boot kept Dinnington pegged back for much of the 40 minutes.
Winger Kris Sharples went close on the left before a ruck offence allowed Wood to make it 6-13 on 46 minutes.
Brods were level five minutes later, Deacon rounding off some good approach play and going behind the posts for Wood to add the easy conversion.
Wood’s 60 metre clearance ended a spell of Dinnington pressure and the young stand off’s 59th minute penalty put Brods 16-13 up.
An ambitious penalty from half-way failed to hit the target and Wood was also unable to convert Spivey’s 67th-minute try from wide on the left, fullback Aaron Fowler having sent the centre in.
Brods, with Luke Scrimshaw as strong as ever at the back of the scrum and replacement Liam Scott quick to make an impact, comfortably resisted Dinnington’s late efforts to grab a losing bonus point.