Wath Upon Dearne 25 Old Brods 28
Brods produced one of their best performances in several seasons to overcome early Yorkshire One front-runners Wath in excellent conditions.
Not only did the visitors play high tempo rugby but they also showed great character in coming back to seal the game in the final quarter when it looked like the experienced home side were going to take the spoils.
Brods set the scene with an opening burst of pace and skill which almost produced a score for Kris Sharples on the right. New arrival Lomab also had a storming run, breaking several attempted tackles and yet it was Wath who took the lead on 12 minutes following a questionable penalty, Appleyard gratefully accepting the three points on offer.
The Hipperholme men replied immediately with powerful running and good support from Callum Thompson and Luke Scrimshaw. Brods were rewarded with a scrum 20 metres out and Joe Armitage escaped several attempted tackles and jinked his way under the posts to give Danny Wood an easy conversion. Brods’ confidence was growing, however they were having trouble with their supply of ball particularly from the lineoutwhere Wath’s former Halifax trio of second row Richard Hill, scrum half Joe Bartlett aand hooker Carl Mortimer’s influences are clear to see. Mortimer and Hill combined at the lineout to provide a good supply of ball to their side all afternoon and when they were awarded an opportunity 10 metres from the Brods line the Wath pack drove to touch down and take the lead at 8-7.
Brods replied immediately and took the game back to their experienced opponents. The Brods offensive defence created havoc in the Wath back line forcing consecutive handling errors and a speculative fly hack was chased down by the forwards. James Brown led the charge and grabbed possession to touch down close to the posts. Danny Wood again converted for a half time lead of 8-14.
Brods started the second half in similar fashion pressurising the Wath backs into errors and following a poor clearance Matty Hoyle and Pete Williams combined to return the ball with interest, James Wellington was on hand in support to score wide on the left, Danny Wood again on target from close to the touchline for 21-11,
Brods were caught offside and Wath took the three points before Bartlett showed his strength to pull his side back into the game with a try under the posts.
It looked like the home side would take the spoils against the run of play when their powerful flanker Martin Balshaw broke several tackles and released Steve Mason to score.
The missed conversion left the score at 25-21 in favour of the home side and a real test of the Woodhead men’s character.
Wood missed a penalty from halfway with eight minutes to go and when given another chance captain Kyle Millward chose to go for the corner and a lineout on the Wath 25.
The ball was won, the Brods pack drove and gave the home side a taste of their own medicine as Scrimshaw took command and secured the try.
Wood’s impeccable kicking continued with the conversion and the large contingent of Brods support celebrated at the final whistle.