Bridlington complete campaign with half century of points

West Park Leeds 5 Bridlington 51
West Park Leeds 5 Bridlington 51

Bridlington rounded off their league campaign in style, beating West Park Leeds 51-5 to condemn their hosts to relegation.

West Park were optimistically hoping for a win, knowing they would also have to beat North Ribblesdale next week, to avoid relegation back to Yorkshire Two.

They kicked off the encounter and immediately put pressure on the visitors as they drove up the park. Bridlington however had other ideas, and after weathering the early pressure, they made good use of the ball, as they made ground.

A lineout was won by Wiremu Cookson on Park’s 22 metre line, and a dart down the blind side by Dewi Roberts set up Paddy Waines to go over for the first try of the match, converted by Jack Arthur, with only five minutes on the clock.

West Park were then guilty of taking out Callum Sanderson in the air as he gathered the restart kick, giving Arthur an easy opportunity to clear the line. Bridlington then pinned Park in their 22, until they gave away a penalty to ease the pressure.

From the resultant lineout, the home side spread the ball along the back line, but a diving tackle by Jamie Martin stopped an almost certain try, as outside centre Dom O’Connor burst through a gap.

The visitors bided their time, until they were able to turn over the ball and mount an attack of their own. Otis Floyd made a good break, but was stopped a metre short of the line, and the pack were quick to retain possession, before Waines dived over the middle of the ruck to score his second try.

Bridlington continued to dominate play for the rest of the half, and an Arthur penalty, and tries by Andrew Trolove and Floyd, meant that Bridlington went into half time with a 25-point cushion.

The away side kicked off the second half, and were soon back in possession. Will Davies gathered a long kick and ran it back at the home side, linking with Gary Stevens and Waines, and the ball was sent quickly to James Thompson who ran in from just outside the 22, to score a try.

Bridlington ran the ball back once more from the restart, passing through many hands. Davies made a dart for the corner but was stopped short, Bridlington quickly recycled the ball, but Park were able to turn the ball over.

However, Ali Sutton and Gary Stevens were able to score two more tries, both converted by Arthur, before Park mounted their best attack of the afternoon. Fielding a clearance kick by Arthur, they passed the ball quickly through the backs for winger James Kear to score a great try out wide, but the conversion was missed.

The visitors had a great finish, as Ryan Girking playing at fly-half, ran the ball in from Park’s 40 metre line, side-stepping through a tired defence to score beneath the posts, to give Arthur an easy conversion, before the final whistle.

Man of the match went to Otis Floyd, shirt sponsored by LAPD Property Development.