Beverley Bandits 45
Bridlington Mariners 20
BRIDLINGTON’S second team travelled to top of the table Beverley on Saturday with just 15 players and came away with a very creditable result.
Beverley are unbeaten this season scoring points for fun and when Bridlington allowed them to take a 15- point lead with barely 15 minutes gone it looked like it could be a long, long day for the visitors.
The spirit however shown by the Mariners to claw their way back into the game was admirable.
The confidence boost came when Brid scored an excellently constructed try. With 20 minutes gone, the Brid pack started to get to grips with their opposite numbers and to exert a bit of pressure.
Brid had a scrum on half way. Number eight Ben Lawry broke blind, feeding scrum half Tom Bennett.
He fed back inside to Lawry who had full back AJ Burrows in support and he raced 30 metres to score under the posts.
Stand off Jamie Martin added the extras and Brid were back in the game.
Minutes later Brid stunned the home side again with a penalty well struck by Martin, to bring it back to 15-10.
With the Brid pack now getting on top and marauding into the Beverley half they drew level.
It was Lawry again who proved provider, breaking from a maul and feeding fellow back row Joe Fell who did well to squeeze over in the corner.
Unfortunately Martin couldn’t convert but with the score tied Brid were now full of confidence.
With the half coming to a close, the Brid pack tired a little and began to give away too many penalties one of which Beverley converted to make the half time score 18-15 to the home side.
At half time it was stressed to the Brid players that the first quarter of the second period would be crucial if they were to have a chance of winning the game.
They needed to keep in touch with the home side but unfortunately within 10 minutes of the restart they had conceded two unconverted tries and the game was slipping away.
Losing a man early in the second period didn’t help but the remaining 14 players continued to fight hard and refused to give up.
The game was over as a contest with an hour gone as the home side scored two more tries.
Great credit must go then to the Brid 14 who stuck at it and indeed in the last quarter were slightly the better side.
Beverley seemed content to soak up the Brid pressure. Brid were not to be denied a final score and after battering the Beverley line for five minutes, Joe Fell almost got over the line but was stopped a metre short.
However, winger Spencer Day was on hand to pick up and score.
This was an excellent performance by the travelling team, full of grit, determination and pride in wearing the shirt of the Bridlington club and represents a big improvement on some of the performances given by the team at the beginning of the season.