Brods gain bonus point for their efforts

Kristian Sharples
Kristian Sharples

Ilkley 20 Old Brods 13

Brods continued with their improvement in form with a gutsy performance at Yorkshire One table-toppers Ilkley.

The home side started strongly with the benefit of a gusting wind and opened the scoring after a mistake at the back of a scrum saw the ball fall into the hands of openside flanker Gus Ramsay who drove to the line before releasing to No8 Brewer who crashed over in the 15th minute.

Brods responded well and took the game to their hosts with strong scrumaging and enthusiastic work around the field.

Pete Williams and Callum Thompson carried the ball well and gained the territory to pressurise their hosts. Jennings went close then, following an enterprising switch in play, the ball was moved left and Eddie Carter went close to scoring.

The pressure was building and from the resulting ruck Loma Kivalu picked up and forced his way over to level the scores on 30 minutes. Ilkley responded themselves and took the lead again through a penalty goal just before half time.

With the benefit of the wind in the second half, Brods kicked well for territory and continued to control the game. When the ball was moved right Kristian Sharples broke clear and he chased his kick ahead to re-gather and touch down in the corner, Wood unable to convert from the touchline.

Ilkley had to raise their game and regain the initiative which they did from a lineout close to the visitors line. Their drive was good and finished by flanker Ollie Renton.

The home team came back again and a strong run from Alastair Monks produced a further score and the conversion from between the posts extended the lead to 20-10.

Brods showed character and a Wood penalty with five minutes to go gained the Woodhead men a deserved bonus point.

Brods seconds secured a vital victory in the West Yorkshire championship race with a convincing home win over second placed challengers Huddersfield.