Old Brodleians avenged the previous week’s Yorkshire Shield defeat with a 20-15 win at York in Yorkshire One on Saturday.
They gave a dogged and hard-working performance, recognising the need to maintain their form over the full 80 minutes and being more patient in possession.
In perfect conditions, York kicked off down the slope and after early pressure second row Fox scored from a well rehearsed move.The conversion was missed by fly half Johnson.
The Brods forwards took the game to the opposition with strong running from Callum Thompson and Rob Jennings plus some powerful scrumaging which put the home side on the back foot.
The pressure earned a kickable penalty which Dan Cole just missed. However, the Woodhead men continued to press with Ed Botha and Ryan Harris prominent in the loose. The York defence was working hard to stem the onslaught but under pressure scrum half Atkin had his attempted clearance charged down by Sam Deacon, who collected and raced 30 metres to touch down under the posts, Cole’s kick making it 5-7 after 30 minutes.
York came back strongly in the closing stages of the half and Brods defended well at the lineout, York’s favourite attacking option. However, York finally moved the ball and captain Fox took a fine inside pass to score. The kickable conversion was missed and a half time score of 10-7 was a reasonable reflection of a hard fought 40 minutes of play.
The second half started with York on top in terms of possession and territory and after five minutes they extended their lead with an unconverted try to centre Kirker.
Brods came back strongly and despite some questionable decisions the visitors maintained the pressure with the scrum going well and a fair share of possession at the lineout
Cole’s missed pass found Matty Hoyle in space and he ran strongly for the line, taking two defenders with him in an excellent piece of finishing.
Cole levelled the score with a penalty and the Hipperholme men had the momentum. York, however, were not finished and No 8 Enslin featured strongly in a drive from the restart deep into Brods territory.
The visitors defended their ground and when they broke out of defence a superb kick by Gareth Standeven put them deep into York territory.
With just minutes remaining Tipiloma Kivalu broke strongly and slipped the ball to James Brown, who made ground before the Tongan prop picked up again and put Brods deep in the York 22.
From a scrum the ball was moved left and following a ruck Jennings drove strongly for the line. His pop up pass was taken excellently by Standeven and flying winger Eddie Carter finished in fine fashion wide on the left.
The conversion was missed and Brods held firm defending their line in the final few minutes.