Old Brodleians paid the price for a lack lustre opening 40 minutes as they lost 26-17 at Bridlington in Yorkshire One.
Early injuries to backs Gareth Standeven and Dominic Georgiou hampered their efforts against the seasiders, who showed improved form to aid their battle for survival.
Brods started well enough, early pressure being rewarded by a well-struck 40 metre penalty from Danny Wood on 10 minutes.
The home side were quick to respond. A long kick off was chased by their forwards, loose head prop Ezra Luxton charged down the attempted clearance and he dived on the loose ball for Brid’s opening try. Home number 10 Lee Terewi converted to make it 7-3 on 12 minutes.
Brid were growing in confidence and pinned the Woodhead men on their own line. However, the visitors’ defence held until the 25th minute when Tongan prop Tipiloma Kivalu was controversially yellow carded. From the resulting tap penalty Brods were slow to defend out wide and left wing Regan Stirk made it 12-3 after 25 minutes.
From the restart Brods gained some momentum from a driven maul and lineout ball was won and moved swiftly to Kiwi centre Sam Deacon, who showed good pace in an arching run to the line.
Wood’s conversion cut the deficit to two points but Brid regained the initiative and using the pick and drive to best advantage took the ball deep into Brods territory.
Terewi took advantage of a gap made in the defensive line and sped through to touch down under the posts and give himself an easy conversion.
Brid kept up the pressure and pinned Brods in their own half, open side flanker Ali Sutton taking his chance to touch down on the stroke of half time and Terewi’s easy kick made it 26-10.
Brods had a mountain to climb following probably their worst half of the season.
The Woodhead men showed some spirit in the second half and pressed the home line time and again.
The pressure told on Brid when their man of the match James Thompson was shown a yellow card for persistent infringements at the ruck.
Brods continued to press, stretching the defence, until replacement scrum half Josh Allen saw a gap and used great pace to touch down under the posts. Wood converted to make it 26-17 after 65 minutes.
The visitors continued to press but were unable to gain even a losing bonus point as the seasiders deservedly took the spoils.