Brods feeling good as the wins pile up at Woodhead

editorial image

The feelgood factor was flowing through the Woodhead clubhouse last Saturday as Old Brodleians fielded four senior teams simultaneously for the first time in a few years - and all of them won.

The firsts, aided by a good display with the boot from stand off Danny Wood, dug deep yet again to beat visitors Ilkley 17-14.

That made it four wins on the bounce for John Cole’s side and put them in the middle of a group of nine tightly-clustered teams who have pulled 11 points clear of the bottom five in Yorkshire One.

After a lean last two or three years, including a relegation for the firsts, Brods are working hard to turn the corner and make the most of their buoyant and long-standing junior section.

They turned out three teams at home on Saturday while the seconds won convincingly at Huddersfield YMCA.

Cole said: “It is the first time we have had four teams for three or four years.

“It’s great for the club. There is a better character about the place and people are staying late on a Saturday night.”

Brods have pushed out the boat for three overseas players this season - Kiwi centre Sam Deacon, Tongan prop Tipiloma Kivalu and Aussie lock James Waddington.

Cole added: “A lot of hard work is being done in different areas by different people.

“Instead of 15 people doing all the work, now 35 to 40 are doing it and there are some new people with a real enthusiasm about what they are doing.”

Cole’s team look to keep up the good work tomorrow at Selby, who are two places below Brods and inflicted a first defeat of the season on Scarborough last Saturday, by 22-20.

Ilkley offered more in the backs than some of the sides Brods have faced this season and Cole is expecting tomorrow’s hosts to try to play an expansive game.

He said: “Selby are a strong team. Because of their wider field, they tend to be a flair team. Ilkley threw the ball about and Selby are likely to do it even more.”

While Wood showed the way against Ilkley with a fine kicking display, which included four goals from five attempts, Cole was also particularly pleased with the contributions of Kivalu and Waddington.

“We have five wins out of seven in a very strong league and we are definitely ahead of schedule,” he said.

“But it is a season-long competition and we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas.

“We will work hard up to Christmas and see where we sit in the mix.”