A convincing derby win for Malton against a Bridlington side which had very little to offer as an attacking threat and in defence conceded seven tries.
From the outset Malton were on the offensive and set up camp in the Bridlington 22 metre area. After the initial sparring Malton were awarded a scrum close to the Bridlington line. Wing Ben Woodhouse took the ball and set up a maul for the home pack to drive forward and Sam Triffitt was the man to touch down.
A good conversion from the touchline by Zwelakhe Sodladla made it 7-0 to Malton after six minutes.
A scrappy period of play followed with Malton still holding the upper hand but unable to get the break through. Something had to give and with half an hour gone Malton extended the lead. A set scrum five metres out from the Brid line was shunted backwards and substitute flanker George Harrison was credited with the touch down.
With half time looming a brilliant run from defence from Vusumzi Dyantjies and Sizwe Zondo took Malton into the Brid half. Bridlington managed to scramble the ball into touch but from the line out Malton opened out and spread the ball wide for Zondo to speed over in the opposite corner.
After the break, Malton were awarded a penalty which Sodladla delicately placed into the corner. A clean catch at the line out by Ali Coe was driven forward and there was Harrison again to reap the benefit of his forward colleagues’ efforts. Sodladla converted and Malton were now in full flow.
Next followed the try of the match, if not the season. From the kick off Malton again opened out. Very slick handling in the backs saw the ball pass through several pairs of hands, mesmerising the Bridlington defence, before fly half Nick Daley made a beautiful break and make ground before handing on to the supporting Harrison who raced 30 metres for his third try.
Substitute threequarter Tom Newitt rounded things off with two tries, the second after former Bridlington full back Zondo entered the line from full back and split the Bridlington defence apart with a mazy run before releasing and sending Newitt away.