Old Brodleians extended their winning sequence to five and climbed to third in Yorkshire One with another gritty success by 23-15 at Selby yesterday.
The Woodhead men haven’t yet hit top form and In the early stages they could not retain sufficient possession to build any pressure.
Their frantic approach was self destructive and the first 20 minutes belonged to their mid-table hosts, who took full advantage of Brods ill-discipline to open up a 9-0 lead with three penalties from fly half Josh Cruise.
The Woodhead men eventually imposed themselves on the game.
On 25 minutes, following their first period of sustained possession, the ball was moved left and hooker James Brown, although injured, was able to pick up a bouncing pass.
He fed the supporting Sam Deacon and the Kiwi looped around and used his pace and power to take him clear of the cover to score wide on the left. Danny Wood was unable to convert from the touchline.
As the visiting pack settled their share of ball increased and their lineout work in particular put them in a position to extend the lead.
Selby started to concede penalties themselves and following two consecutive lineouts close to the home line, Brods’ Tongan prop Tipiloma Kivalu picked up and powered over from close range.
Wood’s excellent conversion from the touch line put the visitors 12-9 up and very much in control of their own destiny.
As the second half started the wind freshened in favour of the home side and it was clear that Brods would have to work hard to gain territory.
The visitors’ defence had been good in the first half and it was tested once more as the home side immediately took the initiative and levelled the score with a 43rd minute penalty.
The Woodhead men responded well and took the game to their hosts with driving runs from forwards Luke Scrimshaw, Pete Williams, Rob Jennings and Kivalu.
From a well controlled lineout Brods formed a driving maul and manoeuvred Jennings over the line for their third try. Wood’s kick was unsuccessful.
Selby took the ball deep into Brods territory but the visitors’ defence was good. However, sustained pressure yielded a penalty for offside and the scoreline became 15-17.
Kivalu and fellow prop Callum Thompson carried the ball well in midfield and the visitors regained control, pulling clear with two more Wood penalties to deny the home side a losing bonus point.