Merit League Tie with Old Brods
By Karen Ratcliffe
Call to arms for the Senior Colts, leaves a depleted Junior side to give their best
Report by Nick Parker
Some unexpected absences and urgent calls to Senior Colts duty left the Selby Junior Colts team severely depleted for this merit-league tie. With several of the team playing out of position, supplemented by a loaned Old Brods player but still one man down, the steeply sloping Woodhead pitch was not the only uphill challenge for the Sandhill Laners.
Selby started brightly, gaining territory with powerful ball-carrying charges from second-rowers Dan Elcock and Lucas Webster but just as the try-line appeared to be in reach Old Brods turned over possession and broke down their right wing to score. Within minutes they had added a second. With Old Brods losing a player to injury the team numbers were equalized and Selby quickly capitalized; winger Luke Fisher overturning possession with a well-controlled series of kicks downfield and chasing over the line to score. Unfortunately for the away team, Old Brods were starting to establish a pattern of mounting successful counter-attacks from seemingly strong Selby positions and by the end of the first half they had marked up a further two tries in such manner.
Selby kicked off the second half downhill but Old Brods, carrying on in the same vein, gained possession and broke through some loose Selby tackling to score. With the home team quickly scoring a further two tries and a promising Selby attack ending in a knock-on it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see Selby heads go down but it didn’t happen. Selby’s continued pressure paid off with a well-deserved try from Lucas Webster – playing for the first time after almost 12 months with injury problems. Although Old Brods put the result beyond any doubt with two further touch downs Selby never gave up and were rewarded with a well-worked try; fly-half Charlie Bramley passing out to Luke Fisher to score. Captain Jacob Gabel added his third conversion of the day.
Despite the result this was a very spirited performance from a severely weakened Selby team, they fought right to the end, supported each other and at times played some very good rugby.
Final Score: Old Brodleians 51 Selby 26