York 35 Old Brods 14
Brods managed to beat the weather but not their hosts in an entertaining Yorkshire One clash.
The game may have been in doubt due to the conditions, but underneath the snow the pitch was soft and playable and the referee decided it was game on.
York played down the hill in the first half and with the assistance of a strong wind Dawes opened their account with a penalty after just four minutes. Ten minutes later Maud scored from a driven maul with Dawes adding the extras.
York’s forward presence increased and a scrum taken against the head, and then another driven maul, led to Maud’s second try.
Brods were playing their part and their enthusiasm took the game to the home side.
The back row of Finn, Melia and Harris all featured well in a good 10 minute period midway through the half. However, York’s tight driven game was unleashed again giving Maud his hat trick, Dawes adding the conversion and then a penalty for a 25-0 lead.
Brods did not give up and with a minute to go before half time Standeven broke the defensive line, and following good support work Finn touched down under the posts. Wood converted to make it 25-7 at the break.
With the assistance of the breeze in the second half Brods were able to press the York line.
However, Maud claimed his fourth try, and the bonus point, 12 minutes into the half.
Brods again took the game to their hosts with some enterprising play, and after taking a tap penalty Brods again pressed the home line.
Danny Melia was rewarded for an outstanding effort in the back row as he burrowed over the line to score. Wood converted from wide out and at 30-14 Brods were back in the game.
But it was York who had the final say from another driven maul, Thorpe crossing the whitewash for an unconverted try.