Promotion-chasing Ilkley showed their intentions from the start with 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, eventually running in nine tries.
Ilkley started the encounter with a deep keep into Bridlington’s 22. James Thompson gathered the ball, and the rest of the pack set up a good platform for Martin Robinson to clear. The home side were quick to run it back up the park, the forwards winning a penalty as they secured the ball. After indiscretions by Bridlington, the referee marched a further 10 metres, to put it in range of the posts and Josh Kimber stepped up and opened the scoring with a successful kick at goal.
They extended their lead when number eight Stewart Brewer picked up from the base of the scrum, feeding centre Steve Nolson, who ran through the defence to score the opening try of the match, which was converted by Kimber.
For the next 20 minutes Bridlington found themselves pinned in their own half, escaping a couple of times, but poor handling forced them backwards each time, as they gave away possession. It was from one of these that the Ilkley winger made a good break down the touchline, and onlyfa great cover tackle by Regan Stirk, five meters from the Bridlington line prevented the try. A penalty was awarded to Ilkley from here, and they opted for a scrum. After winning the scrum, Brewer picked up and drove for the line, to score a try.
Bridlington seemed to gather themselves, marching upfield through many phases of play, until eventually winning a penalty 15 metres from the line, going for the try rather than the easy kick at goal. The lineout was won, and the ball was fired along the back line, but Ilkley scrambled across well forcing Will Davies into touch.
The hosts’ forwards kept the ball for a couple of phases as they made some ground, then released the backs. Stand-off Kimber chased and gathered his own kick ahead, before diving over for another try, which he then converted.
In the second half, poor decisions and handling by Bridlington allowed Ilkley to run in six more tries, and despite some good phases of play, Bridlington were unable to convert possession into points.