First game is a learning curve

Bridlington U16s v Scarborough U16s
Bridlington U16s v Scarborough U16s

Bridlington RUFC’s new junior development officer Jack Bell, has been hard at work in the local community, taking coaching sessions at various schools, and as a direct result of this, the club have had increased numbers down to training on a Wednesday afternoon.

The under 16s numbers had risen enough for Bell to organise an evening fixture against Scarborough last week.

Bridlington U16s v Scarborough U16s

Bridlington U16s v Scarborough U16s

The under 13s have also increased in numbers too, and he will be approaching Scarborough, once more for an evening fixture, to take place towards the end of April.

Unfortunately Bell fell ill, and was unable to attend last Wednesday’s match, so Bridlington enlisted the expertise of under 17s coach Mark Floyd and RFU community rugby coach Ali McClarron, to take control of the team.

They only had a short time to get to know the players before the game, to pass on some of their knowledge, and gave the players a game plan to work towards.

The game itself went quite well, with some of the club’s regular supporters turning out. Scarborough started very strongly, as expected with a full season of fixtures behind them. Bridlington began hesitantly, many of the squad playing their first ever club match. But as they game wore on, so did their ability and confidence.

Although they didn’t manage to get on the score sheet, there were some good phases of play, and the tackling got better and better as the game progressed.

Scarborough’s dominance in set pieces didn’t deter the Bridlington players, who were gaining experience and confidence with each set piece, until they had enough confidence to win set pieces of their own, even winning the odd lineout and scrum against the head.

They took the game to the visitors from time to time, with good supported runs, only losing out to Scarborough’s well drilled defensive rucking and mauling, but with another game or two under their belts, they will soon be a force to be reckoned with.