Bridlington Mariners had a bad day at the office on Saturday losing to Merit League title rivals BP Chemicals at Dukes Park.
The visitors arrived with 14 men and were short of a prop so Adam McTurk kindly offered to play for them – a wise move as it turned out as he finished on the winning side.
Things started badly for the home side as they conceded an early converted try.
For much of the rest of the game the Mariners secured a significant amount of possession and field position. However, the visitors’ defence was excellent and although the Mariners pressed for a try they never really looked like scoring.
The BP stand off completed the scoring late in the match with a well-taken penalty.
Mariners captain Mark Floyd became increasingly frustrated with the decisions made by the referee but if truth be told, Bridlington didn’t do enough to get back into the match.
The Mariners had lost six players to the team from last week to the first team which didn’t help matters, but they were able to blood some young players in Ben Wolston who had a good game on the wing.
In the forwards, ever-reliable back row Josh Symonds played well as did the front row of Jayson Stephenson, Michael Chatham and Robin Shepherdson.
In the backs, Rob Medforth stood out, not least because he played in a number of positions.
Man of the match went to Shepherdson.