Cook believes his squad are capable of promotion

North Ribblesdale 9 Bridlington 11

North Ribblesdale 9 Bridlington 11

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Bridlington RUFC head coach Paul Cook believes securing promotion from Yorkshire One is not out of the question, after watching his side make it eight wins from nine at North Ribblesdale on Saturday.

And the long journey home from Settle was made even better as news filtered through that leaders Bradford and Bingley had suffered their first defeat, a surprise 27-23 reverse at Hullensians.

The Dukes Park were unlikely to have been among the bookmakers’ favourite when they were drawing up their odds at the start of the season, after finishing 11th in 2014/15.

But they are the division’s leading scorers and are now just two points off top spot.

“The victory was very good as it was an awful day and we were on a very heavy pitch,” said Cook. “It rained throughout the game making rugby very difficult. We had to dig deep and work hard but we deserved the win.

“We should have scored in the first 20 minutes but forcing things led to errors. The journey certainly is long and gives North Ribblesdale an advantage.”

Reviewing the 11-9 win, Cook said:“Callum Sanderson played well in attack and defence, Jimmy Thompson and Dewi Roberts did well in the line out and Jamie Martin carried well at centre.

“The game went this way and that but a clever kick from Otis Floyd created a try for Matiu Welch.”

“We are now eight wins from nine and the only defeat is to the leaders, who we trail by just two points. Being in the top two means the promotion places, is certainly now an aim for the end of the season but we have many difficult games ahead.”