Old Brodleians 45 Hartlepool Rovers 22
BRODS bagged five more points in their quest for a top six finish in North One East with an excellent second half display in which Luke Scrimshaw scored four tries.
Brods played up hill, assisted by a strong breeze, and young full back Tom Booth took advantage early on with some excellent kicks against the bottom team.
From a good position in the visitors 22, Liam Scott dummied and made a good break before feeding Richard Holbrough, who escaped the clutches of several tackles to score under the posts and Ollie Akroyd converted.
Rovers responded well with their powerful forwards driving hard on the fringes of the ruck and when Tom Hanson infringed and was yellow carded, fly half Sugden made it 7-3.
Rovers continued to play well and after 30 minutes winger Waddington showed great pace to evade several tacklers for a try to the right of the posts, which was converted after 30 minutes.
Brods appeared to lose their composure and with some wild passing could not retain possession. Rovers’ confidence was growing and centre Ketteringham evaded several poor attempts to tackle him and stormed over from 25 metres for an unconverted try.
With half time approaching Brods needed to reassert themselves and did so from a penalty. Booth kicked to touch and the forwards drove from the lineout. Joe Armitage’s grubber kick to the line was picked up by Scott to touch down and make it 12-15.
Armitage retired with a recurrence of a shoulder injury and Jack DD Martin came on for his debut at centre.
After some harsh words at the interval, Brods set about their task with gusto.
In-form winger James Marshall’s pacy break took play deep into the Rovers half and from another quality lineout catch the pack drove over, Scrimshaw emerging with ball held aloft. Akroyd converted superbly to make it 19-15.
Great inter-play between forwards and backs followed and hooker Rob Jennings, whose strong running was a feature of the game, slipped a superb pass out of the tackle for Scrimshaw to register his second, again excellently converted by Akroyd.
Brods were now dominant in all areas, even when Andy Clay was yellow carded, and Scrimshaw bagged his hat trick through good support play before young prop Luke Broclkehurst showed great pace to beat several defenders on his way to the line. Akroyd’s two conversions enabled Brods to hit 40 points.
Rovers replied through Ketteringham’s second try but Jennings’ superb pass set up Scrimshaw to complete the scoring.
BRODS’ seconds enjoyed a great success away to Sandal to maintain their good position in the Yorkshire premier league.