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Otliensians 2ndXV too strong for Old Brodlians, 10/10/2009
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Due to last-minute backwords, ‘Ensians travelled to York with only twelve players, but York generously loaned three players to make up a full side. York had a big and very experienced pack, but the visitors’ front row of Dave Beardsley, James Kear and Phil Cook stood up to them well in the scrums. Territorially, ‘Ensians had the best of the early exchanges, but once York moved the ball wide their speedy backs caused problems.

For the first fifteen minutes the visiting forwards battled hard to control the game with lock Alan Harker gaining good lineout ball, but then the lively York backs started getting quick ball and they ran in two tries which were converted. Harker and fellow lock Peter Bonner put in some good drives, but the problem was that every time the ball went loose, the opposition centres were away and two more converted tries were scored leading up to the break to take the score to 28 – 0.

Soon after the re-start, winger Ian Robinson had to leave the field with a leg injury and with a man down, ‘Ensians’ problems in defence increased. Half backs Peter Tempest and Dave Smith worked well together in both attack and defence, but they struggled against resolute tackling from the York back row. Young full-back Josh Howarth has a busy afternoon, but he acquitted himself well with some good try-saving tackles and he was ably supported by centre Steve Lofthouse and winger Tom Broadbent.

Considering they were a man down, ‘Ensians defence generally held up well, but as holes began to appear, the hosts were able to run in three more tries wide out which went unconverted. ‘Ensians put York under pressure on many occasions through good forward play with flanker Dave Cheeseman and No.8 Derek Mott coming close. A downside throughout the game was that the home referee allowed some totally uncalled for late tackles to go unpunished and Alan Harker was on the receiving end of a particularly vicious hit.

Overall, ‘Ensians probably held their own territorially, but the good interplay by the York forwards and pacey backs proved more than their defence could deal with. Full credit must go to the visitors who played with tremendous spirit throughout against a fast and experienced side with the final score of 43 – 0 somewhat flattering the home side.