Bridlington edge out Driffield in Turnbull Trophy

Bridlington 7 Driffield 6. Pictures by Andrew Kempton.
Bridlington 7 Driffield 6. Pictures by Andrew Kempton.

Bridlington took the bragging rights by beating Driffield in a tense Turnbull Trophy played in testing conditions at Dukes Park.

Paddy Waines’ early try proved to be the only time that either defence was breached

Bridlington 7 Driffield 6. Pictures by Andrew Kempton.

Bridlington 7 Driffield 6. Pictures by Andrew Kempton.

Playing into a slight breeze the Woldsmen received the kick off and set off with intent.

Scrum half Sheader caused problems at the base of the scrum, pinching possession and setting up an attack.

But despite Driffield’s early promise, it was Bridlington who struck first.

The ball was moved left from a midfield scrum, and captain Ryan Girking found winger Will Davies, who made good ground before being well tackled by the covering Goldsworthy. However, an excellent offload allowed the supporting Waines to cross in the corner.

Bridlington 7 Driffield 6. Pictures by Andrew Kempton.

Bridlington 7 Driffield 6. Pictures by Andrew Kempton.

In difficult conditions, Jack Arthur landed the tricky conversion and Bridlington were 7-0 up.

Looking to hit back immediately,Sheader again put pressure on at the back of the scrum and charged down a clearance kick. This lead to a penalty which Will Brigham pushed wide.

Brigham did convert a penalty before half time to get Driffield up and running on the scoreboard.

Half time saw a number of changes and play began to drift. Conditions made handling tough and the heavy ground took its toll on legs, although another Brigham penalty reduced the deficit to a single point.

Tackling by both sides was good and negated any attacking threat. Driffield did win a couple of penalties, both of which were too far out for the visitors to take advantage.

Bridlington number eight Jimmy Thompson won the Taff Harris Man of the Match Award, but there were also impressive performances by Waines, Andrew Trolove and Gary Heeley.