Bridlington into Yorkshire Shield final

Bridlington 20 Malton and Norton 12. Pictures by Paul Deighton.

Bridlington 20 Malton and Norton 12. Pictures by Paul Deighton.

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Bridlington started strongly in both halves of the game to win beat title challengers Malton and Norton in their Yorkshire Shield semi-final.

On a sunny but cold afternoon, Bridlington kicked off and spent the first few minutes in the opposition half, until an offence by Malton gave Jack Arthur an opportunity to open the scoring.

Bridlington 20 Malton and Norton 12. Pictures by Paul Deighton.

Bridlington 20 Malton and Norton 12. Pictures by Paul Deighton.

It was a chance he took, to give Bridlington an early lead of 3-0 after five minutes of play.

A period of broken play followed the restart, with the Bridlington forwards doing well. Paddy Waines made good ground, but the ball was lost subsequently.

With Malton now in possession, the ball was moved to the left wing, but Will Davies made a smart interception and ran in under the posts unchallenged.

Arthur made no mistake with the conversion to move the score to 10-0.

Bridlington 20 Malton and Norton 12. Pictures by Paul Deighton.

Bridlington 20 Malton and Norton 12. Pictures by Paul Deighton.

The restart brought a scrum to Bridlington on halfway, and a superb kick to the far corner of the field gave Bridlington another good field position five metres from the Malton line.

The lineout led to a series of three scrums, close to the Malton line, and some deft handling sent Davies over for his second score.

A superb conversion by Arthur, from very close to the touchline, increased Bridlington’s lead to 17-0 with about 20 minutes gone. The Bridlington pack were now holding their own in the set pieces.

The first real opposition attack was brought to a halt by a knock on, but soon afterwards Malton showed how dangerous they could be with a well worked try, which was unconverted to give a score of 17-5 after 25 minutes play.

Malton continued to have the best of the play and Bridlington spent a long time in their own half for what remained of the first half.

Both sides were conceding penalties, set pieces were going with the head and the only other chance came to that man Davies, after a great kick put Bridlington into the Malton half.

Good work at the scrum put Davies clear but he put a foot into touch, and the half time whistle arrived soon afterwards.

The Malton restart was short, and led to a strong surge by Bridlington as their forwards were working well again.

Several phases saw Bridlington over the line but the referee recalled them for a scrum five metres from the Malton line.

Malton were defending well, with play in their half, and again with both sides conceding penalties which broke up the flow of the match.

A kickable penalty to Bridlington, saw the ever reliable Arthur land his third goal to make the score 20-5, after about 15 minutes of the half.

Bridlington then suffered their most torrid period of the game, camped in their own 22 for several minutes, with repeated lineouts and mauls ever threatening, so it was almost inevitable that Malton scored their second try, very well converted, to give them hope at 20-12 with plenty of time to go.

However,for the remainder of the game neither side was able to dominate, with Malton not being able to mount a convincing attack, and Bridlington determined not to give way.

The early points had been enough, and Bridlington deserved the win as they put the ball into touch for the referee to blow for full time.

Next Saturday, Bridlington play league leaders Doncaster Phoenix at Dukes Park.