Strugglers push Brods hard

Callum Thompson, the Brods try scorer, against Acklam on Saturday
Callum Thompson, the Brods try scorer, against Acklam on Saturday

The runaway win Old Brodleians were hoping for at home to Acklam, Yorkshire One’s whipping boys, never materialised and they were forced to hang on for a 19-13 victory.

The visitors from Middlesbrough had picked up just two losing bonus points and had been leaking an average of 40 points a game prior to the Woodhead clash.

But after romping 16-0 ahead, Brods lost their way against an Acklam side who showed a never-say-die attitude and battled to the last minute.

In the opening quarter the Hipperholme side dominated possession and territory and Danny Wood opened the scoring with a penalty on 12 minutes.

Brods were comfortable with ball in hand whereas Acklam repeatedly lost possession in the tackle.

Wood extended the lead to 9-0 with further penalties on 17 and 22 minutes and the home side might have had a try following a strong break in centre field from prop Tipiloma Kivalu but the ball went to ground.

Brods were penalised for obstruction as they drove for the try line following a kick to the corner but got it right next time, Callum Thompson emerging with ball held high.

The hosts were totally in command, with Dom Georgiou having a great game at scrum half, Ryan Harris prominent in the loose and Pete Williams enjoying numerous carries.

However, in the closing seconds of the first half the Acklam pack asserted themselves with a great drive into Brods territory. A lineout was won and the ball recycled before their burly prop took route one to the line and scored wide out. The conversion was added to give the visitors a timely lift.

Brods now had the slope but Acklam dominated possession and territory from the restart and forced the Woodhead side into errors.

The visitors reduced the deficit to six points with a penalty after 55 minutes and it wasn’t until the 22nd minute of the half that Brods managed to earn a foothold in the Acklam half.

The visitors conceded a penalty and Wood stepped up from over 40 metres to take the three points on offer.

Acklam continued to fight for every scrap of possession and only resolute Brods defence kept the visitors at bay.

In the closing seconds Acklam took the opportunity to kick a penalty and secure a losing bonus point.

The four-point return moves Brods up to fourth, just four points behind leaders Ilkley.