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Blackbrook 24 Underbank Rangers 8
Updated 9:11am Monday 14th April 2014 in Sport
BROOK produced easily their best performance of the season so far to down the colours of rivals Underbank for the first time this campaign.
The visitors had all the early pressure, however, they found Brook’s defence in resilient mood and they withstood all that Underbank could throw at them.
Ian Honey’s downfield kick finally relieved the pressure.
Brook’s kicking game was excellent during the opening half. Jordy Welsby led the way, constantly taking the visitors deep into their own territory to start their sets of six.
The home side was also disrupted with injuries to Darren Forshaw and Jack Parker as they tried to stamp their authority on the game.
Brook reorganised and the breakthrough finally came on the half hour mark when winger Aaron Hewitt cut inside only to tackled yards short of the tryline.
He quickly regained his feet and from the play the ball Danny Fairhurst launched a superb pass on the blind side into the hands of Stephen Parkinson who beat his opposite number to score in the corner.
Brook were now beginning to take control of the game and were desperately unlucky not to score on the half time whistle when Craig Lyon’s charge to the line following a great move was halted only a yard away by a superb cover tackle.
Brook started the second half where they left off the first and picked their rewards with two tries in the opening ten minutes. The home side won a repeat set forcing a goal line drop out.
Brook’s attacking play had the visitors defence stretched out and play was quickly moved out to right where Stephen Parkinson was on hand to force his way over from close range for his second unconverted try of the afternoon.
Following the restart Brook surged up field and where soon attacking the Underbank line. Dave Scott collected the ball from behind the ruck area, spotted a gap and dodged and weaved his way over for a superb individual try with Parkinson on the spot with the conversion.
Brook had a roll on and only an outstanding tackle prevented Jordy Welsby adding to the try tally as he raced away following a break from Sean Richardson.
The visitors got themselves briefly back into the game when Courtney Allette broke away he was supported by Richard Pogson who scored an unconverted try in the corner.
Brook came straight back, however, and a great run from debutant forward Josh Glynn took play deep into the visitor’s half.
Brook’s trade mark play of a quick play the ball and slick handling found centre Mark Webster and he passed his winger Scott Lyon who scored in the corner.
With five minutes left another Jordy Welsby kick caused havoc, giving his side an attacking scrum ten metres out.
The ball was passed out to Sean Richardson whose superb delayed pass sent Scott Davidson through a gap to score by the posts. Parkinson added his second conversion.
There was just about time for a consolation try for the visitors as Courtney Allette crossed in the last play of the game.
Jordy Welsby was took the Tisdalls and NCL Commercials Players Man on the Match awards, with Sean Richardson and Stephen Parkinson in contention.