On an extremely cold day with a very strong wind, Ilkley eventually won the match, despite a good performance from the home side, who secured a much-needed losing bonus point, by keeping the score within seven points.
On an extremely cold day with a very strong wind, Ilkley eventually won the match 17-13, despite a good performance from the home side, who secured a much-needed losing bonus point, by keeping the score within seven points.
The visitors made an impressive start but Bridlington held firm and gradually worked their way back into the game. A sustained period of pressure ended with a penalty attempt by Stevie Mellonby but unfortunately the wind died off just as he kicked sending it wide of the posts.
Ilkley opened the scoring when Bridlington had a scrum five metres from their own line. The hosts secured the ball and kicked clear, but in the wind the ball floated wide to the Ilkley winger, who ran in from 10 metres out, despite the best efforts of Will Davies.
Bridlington responded well and the forwards won a penalty which Mellonby judged perfectly to bend his kick through the posts.
They took the lead when Ezra Luxton stole the ball from a maul, and a move involving Mellonby, Regan Stirk and James Thompson resulted in the forwards securing the ball for Ryan Girking to dive down the blind side and score an unconverted try.
Bridlington pressed again but were unable to take advantage and before half-time they found themselves behind. Ilkley continued to move up the park from a line-out, and although their progress was slowed by good tackling, the forwards made a good platform, then released the backs for the winger to score a converted try.
After the break, Bridlington regained the lead thanks to another Mellonby penalty.
Ilkley came out fighting as they made quick progress up the park, but were stopped 10 metres short. The forwards got a driving maul going, but this was quickly stopped by Bridlington’s pack.
The ball was released to the backs, but like the forwards the Bridlington backs put in some good tackles to halt the progress, keeping them yards from the line. Ilkley then returned to their forwards, and after another driving maul, they piled over the line for a try.
The remainder of the match saw both sides with chances but neither could convert pressure into points.