Old Brodleians 22 Bridlington 12
Brods gave a dogged Yorkshire One performance against a Bridlington side who started brightly but had their attacking edge blunted by a magnificent defensive effort from the home side.
Playing up the hill in the first half against quite a strong breeze, Brods were first to put points on the board with Danny Wood’s well taken 35 metre penalty after five minutes.
Wood added two further penalties in the first half, Brid replying with two of their own for a 9-6 half time scoreline.
Brods’ defence was good with hard working and energetic displays from young Jonny Lodge and Ryan Harris, against a Brid side who had some strong strike runners.
On 50 minutes Aaron Fowler returned a clearing kick with a strong run deep into Brid territory. Quickly recycled ball was carried by the livewire Harris and the powerful Rob Jennings overcame a stumbled to make it to the try line and stretch the lead to 14-6.
The hosts were winning good lineout ball and their fair share in the scrum, in spite of some inconsistent refereeing in that area.
Brods were dominant, however, mainly through their enthusiasm and speed to the ball,
Wood added a further penalty before Brid replied with a three-pointer of their own.
The visitors rallied following consecutive penalties and chose to go for goal, narrowing the deficit to 17-12.
Brods produced a further big push in an effort to close the game out and with the gloom descending the excellent Fowler took play deep into the visitors half.
A scrum 15 metres out was awarded to Brods, following a knock on, and Kyle Millward picked up from the base. His powerful run took him to the line with defenders in his wake and he was at full stretch to touch down.
Brods played out the last five minutes deep in Brid territory for a win which lifted them to fifth from bottom.
They can now look forward to next week’s trip to North Ribblesdale and then the traditional Christmas friendly against Cleckheaton on Boxing Day morning (11.0).