Team Northumbria 8
Old Brodleians 43
BRODS finally picked up some reward from a trip up the A1 as they eased their relegation fears with a welcome North One East victory.
The Hipperholme men travelled in determined mood and set about their task in similar fashion, dominating their struggling hosts in all areas in an excellent all round team performance led by captain Luke Scrimshaw.
Brods started well with a powerful scrum immediately after the kick off and forced a penalty which Danny Wood converted to open up a three point lead after just five minutes play .
The Brods forwards looked strong in the loose as well as the tight and with domination of possession camped in the Northumbria 22.
David Skinner and Ollie Hawkins linked well before Scrimshaw took control and bullied his way over the line. Wood converted to extend the lead to 10-0 after 15 minutes..
Team Northumbria were struggling for possession but when they did hold the ball their quick backs were always a threat.
The Brods defence held until, following a brief period in the visitors 22, Team Northumbria converted a penalty given for handling in a ruck.
Brods’ response was immediate with Akroyd running strongly and taking play deep into the home 22 .
Their ball retention was good and the forwards set up position close to the home side’s try line.
Scrimshaw again took control and powered over to extend the lead with Wood obliging with the conversion.
A half time scoreline of 17-3 was a satisfactory return following Brods’ domination of the game .
The second half started in similar fashion with the front row of Ward, Ogden and Skinner, supported by the industrious second row of Millward and Hawkins, providing the platform to take the game to their hosts.
Brods’ ball carriers enjoyed the possession with Akroyd and Rob Jennings featuring regularly in the forays into home territory.
The visitors again camped on the Northumbrian line and with a surge the home team were driven off the ball and could not hold the rampant Scrimshaw as he picked up from the back of the scrum and dived over for his hat trick.
The hosts were being completely outplayed up front but still showed great spirit in taking the game back to their visitors and by running the ball wherever possible.
They gained a foothold in the visitors 22 and finished a fine move in style wide on the left through winger Charlton to make it 22-8 after 15 minutes of the second half.
Brods then set about the task of earning themselves a precious four-try bonus point.
Several rolling mauls put Brods back on the Northumbrian line and the visitors’ power-play led to Scrimshaw and Akroyd both crossing the line and grounding the ball only for the referee to disallow both efforts much to the amazement of the small band of Brods supporters.
Brods kept their composure and it was Akroyd who finally claimed that bonus point with another unstoppable drive from short range, Wood calmly adding the extras to put Brods firmly in control at 29-8 with 15 minutes remaining.
The visitors were enjoying their rugby and increasing in confidence with good distribution from Richard Holbrough and Liam Scott.Aaron Fowler and Andy Clay were running well and the wingers, Matt Hoyle and Michael Briggs, were getting plenty of action.
With more possession came good position and Scimshaw drove over for his fourth try, again converted by the impeccable Wood.
The final try was the best of the lot with Jennings’ powerful run supported by debutant Jordan Shiel, who linked superbly with Danny Wood wide on the left to score in the corner. Wood again converted to round off a good performance away from home when the pressure was really on..
Next week Brods entertain Malton and Norton at Woodhead.