Bees put the boot in to punish Brid’s kicking

Oliver Stephenson put Bridlington back in the hunt in the second half with a try and an assist.
Oliver Stephenson put Bridlington back in the hunt in the second half with a try and an assist.

A controversial ending saw Bridlington suffer their first defeat of the league season at front-runners Bradford and Bingley.

The sides both boasted unblemished records going into the match, and it was still neck-and-neck in the closing minutes.

But the referee overturned his decision to award Bridlington a late try and the hosts held on to win 34-28.

Bridlington took an early lead but Tom Cummins and home captain Brett Mitchell overhauled the deficit by the midway point of the first half.

Both their tries were converted by Gerhard Nortier, who had a faultless afternoon with the boot, while Bridlington were left ruing four missed penalties during the course of the afternoon.

The visitors had managed to get themselves level but by the half-hour but Cummins but the Bees back in the driving seat before the break.

Lachlon Moore stretched the lead, before Oliver Stephenson inspired a Bridlington fightback, scoring one try and creating another.

But the trusty boot of Nortier just kept Bradford out of reach.

The contrast of styles was noted by Bridlington head coach Paul Cook, who said: “Bradford scored three of their four tries from a scrum pushover or catch and drive.

“We on the other hand scored some great tries from running rugby.

“We also missed 12 points through kicks at goal and ultimately this proved the difference as Bradford did not miss a point through kicks.

“This weekend will be tough again when Hullensians visit. They have recruited two or three new players and they are on a roll so we have to be on our game and take our chances to do well.

“Confidence is high however after last week and hopefully we will have a good week in terms of preparation.”