First-half blitz earns Brid bragging rights

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Bridlington RUFC 23

Scarborough RUFC 18

Yorkshire One

BRIDLINGTON were at home to local rivals Scarborough on Saturday, and as always there was a good turn out by the spectators, eager to watch their respective teams do well.

Bridlington kicked off the game, Scarborough were driven backwards by the chasing pack, but they were able to smuggle the ball out and kick upfield.

Unfortunately for them it was caught on the halfway line by Sizwe Zondo.

Running the ball back, he linked with Stevie Mellonby, who chipped the ball over the rushing defence, rolling into touch for a line out five meters from the Scarborough line.

Scarborough were able to kick to touch for a lineout on halfway line, from here they caught and drove at the home side, putting a few phases together as they progress up field,

A good run by Parker was halted when he was well tackled by Gareth Roberts and Zondo, the forwards recycled for quick ball, which was released to the backs.

But a wide pass was intercepted by Regan Stirk, who raced 60 metres to score a converted try beneath the posts.

With everyone’s eyes on him, nobody saw the start of a commotion, at the previous ruck. Paddy Waines suffered a head injury and required treatment.

Scarborough enjoyed some possession for a while without really gaining much ground, before Bridlington managed to turn the tables and start an assault of their own, stringing phases together, until Mellonby was able to dart through a gap.

He was stopped short of the Scarborough 40 metre line, but with his forwards in close attendance they were able to drive him on, at which point the referee showed a yellow card to a prop from the visitors.

From the resultant lineout, man of the match Adam Dixon, was able to make a good run, stopped a mere 10 metres from the line.

The visitors were able to escape from their line for a short time, then Bridlington pounded the defence once again, phase after phase they attacked, with both backs and forwards, making ground.

Then AJ Burrows was able to spin out of a tackle and race down the touchline, until eventually he was forced into touch five metres from the line.

Scarborough were able to clear their lines following the line out as a Bridlington player was also shown a yellow card.

A poor line out by the visitors allowed Ezra Luxton to catch at the back, turn and start another attack by Bridlington.

The backs were given quick ball, with the pack in close attendance, and they pounded the line again,

This time the referee ran beneath the sticks and awards a penalty try, which Mellonby converted successfully.

Bridlington soaked up the pressure from the restart before turning it in to yet another attack, marching ever nearer the Scarbough line, until they were awarded a penalty 30 metres out, kicked successfully at goal by Mellonby.

Scarborough pulled themselves together, as they marched up field, helped by Bridlington as they needlessly gave away penalties.

It culminated in a well worked try down the blind side by Graham Jeffery, before the referee ended the half.

The second half saw Scarborough continue with good possession, the home side were their own worst enemy as they answered back to the referee on his decisions.

The referee was unsighted as Scarborough knocked the ball on, the Bridlington players stood and watched as Tom Ratcliffe picked up the loose ball, running over the line to score a try, as if waiting for the referee to blow his whistle for the offence.

The rest of the half was a close affair as both teams played some good rugby and added penalties to their tally of points.

Club sponsors: North Bay Caravan Park and Hudson Contract Services

THE club has introduced the use of the minis and juniors as ball boys at home games, our thanks this week to Max Towse, Ethan Hornby and David Kellett – hopefully they enjoyed watching the first team in action.

Next week Bridlington are away at Dinnington. The next home game is on October 6 against North Ribblesdale. Those wishing to book a pre-match lunch for this game, should contact the club on 676405