Scarborough took home the Yorkshire coast rugby bragging rights after winning a reasonably tame derby at Dukes Park on Saturday.
The away side climbed to third in the Yorkshire One table after a 24-16 victory, as the hosts were left to rue a Scarborough try scored in the sixth minute of added time at the end of the first half.
That meant the visitors went into the break ahead by a single point and knocked the stuffing out of Rich Girking’s men, who were never able to build up a head of steam in the second half.
“I’m very disappointed. It’s not just the result but the manner of the loss. We didn’t play very well and that is the upsetting thing,” said Girking.
“There is everything to play for and we didn’t turn up, which is very, very disappointing.”
Scarborough quickly gained the upper hand and although Tom Chadwick missed an early penalty, he kicked the opening points in the 14th minute.
After missing another effort, the fly-half doubled the lead on 22 minutes and by the half-hour mark he had put the men from Silver Royd 9-0 in front.
Scarborough had enjoyed most of the possesion and the terriotry and when Ali Sutton was shown a yellow card, Bridlington must have feared the worst.
But they enjoyed their best spell of the game with 14 men.
An attempted clearance by the visitors was charged down and Oliver Stephenson ran through to touch down.
Moments later, Bridlington had turned the game around when Stephenson added his second try, and although Stevie Mellonby missed both conversions, he made amends with a penalty to put his side 13-9 ahead on 39 minutes.
Bridlington needed to keep their rivals out until the break, but deep, deep into added time, Scarborough found a breakthrough.
It was difficult to see where the six minutes had been accumulated from, but Ratcliffe took full advantage and scored an unconverted try.
The home side never recovered and were unable to get their noses in front once during the second period.
The game was a stop-start affair and Bridlington could never build up any momentum to get close to the Scarborough line.
Much of the action was in the middle of the park, but when Bridlington made another error, Scarborough skipper Ratcliffe took full advantage and raced 35 metres to score under the posts.
There were still more than 20 minutes to go but Chadwick’s conversion meant Brid needed two tries, which looked unlikely.
Mellonby added a penalty but Chadwick cancelled it out with a successful kick of his own and Scarborough were able to see out the game in relative comfort.
Bridlington’s only consolation was that their third team won, playing their first game for five years.