Bridlington up to fifth after dramatic late win

Pontefract 23 Bridlington 30
Pontefract 23 Bridlington 30

Bridlington RUFC moved up to fifth in the Yorkshire One table after a thrilling 30-23 win at Pontefract.

The visitors were trailing by sveen points with 10 minutes to go, but teenager Otis Floyd came off the bench to score two late tries, with the winner arriving right on the final whistle.

Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking said: “We got a win, which was the main thing, because I thought we were going to throw it away.

“Even though we dominated possession and territory in the first half, we didn’t play all that well, and only found ourselves 13-0 up, when it should have been 25-0.

“We missed two or threechances and in the last two minutes of the half, they broke away twice and made it 13-12.

“We were disappointed at half time but our scrums and lineouts were excellent, we just didn’t have the edge we needed.

“We had to come out firing in the second half but found ourselves 23-16 down with 10 minutes left and two of their three tries had come from individual errors.

“We were up against it but credit to the guys, the final 10 minutes were fantastic to see. It was an excellent display.

“We won it with the last play of the game. Pontefract had a scrum, but the ball flew out and Otis Floyd scored under the posts.

“A special mention to Stevie Mellonby who kicked fantastically all afternoon.

“I have mentioned before that we needed to show more character in away games and this shows that we have improved. We would have lost this game last season.”

Bridlington are expecting a big crowd at Dukes Park this Saturday when they host East Coast neighbours Scarborough. kick off at 3pm.