BRIDLINGTON’s director of rugby Kieran Lawry could not speak highly enough of his team, after their 45-12 demolition of neighbours Scarborough.
The visitors were outgunned in all areas as Brid ran in seven tries to claim another bonus point and cement their place at the top of Yorkshire One.
Lawry, who got on the scoresheet himself with a second-half try, despite feeling the effects of a chest infection, said his troops’ performance was almost faultless.
He said: “Very rarely does a performance come close to perfection but the 500 lucky souls who were present at Dukes Park at the weekend may have just witnessed something approaching it with our thorough and uncompromising demolition of our fierce local rivals from up the coast.
“The whole week had been spent organising game plans, discussing tactics and developing patterns of play but when the whistle blew to start the match on Saturday all of this was immaterial.
“What mattered was the total focus, determination and team spirit that meant once the game had started we were never going to let the game slip away.”
Events of the last couple of seasons meant that there was bound to be plenty of needle, but Scarborough failed to put up the challenge which had been anticipated.
Despite their poor start to the season, the visitors were level 12-12 at the break, but were blown away by a stunning second half display by the league leaders.
Lawry added: “The manner of the victory was extremely rewarding for all concerned as it demonstrated just how far we have come since this time last year.
“Our intensity was overwhelming for the Scarborough lads who at times looked as though they did not want to be on the park. Our tackling and commitment around the contact area was fierce whilst our skill levels and finishing were as clinical as I’ve seen from a Brid side.
“There were times when our concentration wavered slightly although I was much happier with our defensive performance than in previous weeks.
“I am under no illusions that there will be far harder tests in the coming weeks but this at least sends a message out to the rest of the league that we are a team that can score points and should be feared.
“The whole team were outstanding although two backs particularly stood out, Gareth Roberts was once again rock solid while Sizwe Zondo continued to make a name for himself with another outstanding performance.
“Next up we have a huge test away to North Ribblesdale, who despite languishing at the foot of the table will pose a massive threat after the long journey there.
“We will be without the in-form Ali Sutton, while a number of players are carrying injuries.
“We do however have a number of players back in contention for a place in the squad including Paddy Waines, Ryan Girking, Stevie Mellonby, Tom Beninger and Michael Clayton.
“Hopefully we can take our free scoring form into the match and come away with our fourth straight maximum of the season to stay top of the league.”