Brods Senior Colts comprising players from the under 19s, 18s, and 17s produced a superb team performance to edge out Wharfedale 20-19 in a Yorkshire Premier League top of the table clash at Woodhead.
Wharfedale previously unbeaten and currently top of the league brought a strong side to Hipperholme while Brods were missing three players on county duty.
Playing down the hill, Wharfedale struck early for a 7-0 lead but the Brods response was good and when the ball moved through the hands to the right wing Will Forsyth finished in great style. The conversion from wide out was missed however, Phil Town made no mistake when awarded a penalty and nudged Brods into the lead.
Just before half time a speculative kick from the Wharfedale fullback was well chased by his forwards and the Brods defence was breached with the No 8 scoring under the posts for a converted try and a 14-8 half-time lead.
Brods started the second half with Danny Cole intelligently kicking for good position with the forwards responding by battling for every ball both in the tight and loose. With the pressure on the Wharfedale fullback his attempted clearance fell into the hands of Louie Butler who moved to his left to avoid chasing defenders and applying the after burners he beat several defenders in a 40 metre race to the right corner. The conversion was missed from wide out however Brods were inspired and duly set about the visitors.
Brods forwards were controlling the game and Danny Cole continued to use the ball intelligently and he gave Brods the lead when, from a good central position, he used pace and strength to force his way over wide on the left. Phil Town kicked a superb conversion to give the Brods a 20-14 lead with five minutes to go.
Wharfedale threw everything at Brods as they strove to recapture the lead but the defence held until, with just two minutes remaining, the a tight scrum five metres out saw the Grassington boys work the ball well to force their way over, but their hopes of snatching victory disappeared when the conversion was missed.
HALIFAX Academy slipped to a 17-10 home defeat to a strong Huddersfield YMCA side in a re-arranged Colts North Conference game.
Both sides started tentatively in reasonable conditions. The Fax scrum started to dominate with Ben Maxwell playing prop instead of his preferred back row position ably assisted by Joe Francis and Fraser Ambrose. However, Maxwell’s presence was limited around the park and as a result YM were the more destructive at the rucks.
YM went ahead in the sixth minute when the resounding boot of their kicker converted a penalty for offside. Georgiou’s astute kicking kept Fax on the front foot whilst the cumbersome YM fly half attempted to do the same despite a very potent back line threat.
Francis was finding Hyland soaring in the lineout and Crossley marshalled the drive, YM managing to repel the threat. After 30 minutes and despite playing with 14 men, after late illness deprived the home side of their two first team players Sturman and Griffin, Halifax were charging at the YM line and Tallis was held up while from the resulting scrum Jack Watson went blind and off loaded to skipper Christian Heyhoe. The Yorkshire representative still had plenty of work to do but tremendous leg drive saw him over the line for the first score, Hyland was unable to convert.
As half time approached YM were in their own 22 but a speculative kick went their way and bounced into the hands one of their dangerous twins who managed to evade the cover and score near to the posts for a converted try and a 10-5 half-time lead.
The benefit of having an extra player began to show in the second half despite the strong running of Tallis and Emmerson and the efforts of Sutherland, Mercer and Schofield. Too many tackles were too high or missed as the excellent scrum half sent one of his runners under the home sticks for a converted try and a 17-5 lead.
Halifax battled on and McSharry got his hands on the ball and combined with Heyhoe but good YM defence never let the speedsters away. With time running out and Georgiou carrying on injured Halifax made one last effort and it paid off as a penalty to the corner allowed the excellent lineout to continue and Maxwell benefited as the forwards marched towards the line, Unfortunately, it was too wide to convert.
Halifax continued with their renewed determination and were camped in the YM 22. However, they could just not get the break they needed.
More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier