Bridlington RUFC 40
Castleford RUFC 32
BRIDLINGTON bounced back from their horror show last week at Dinnington to register one of their best attacking performances of the season against fellow strugglers Castleford.
Looking to make amends for a heavy defeat away from home earlier in the season Brid took the game to Cas straight from the kick off and quickly signalled their intent to play a fast paced and high tempo game against their bigger opposition.
With the pitch firm and the conditions right for adventurous running rugby Brid made good headway early on but against the run of play it was Castleford who scored the first points with a well kicked penalty from scrum half Ian Mattison.
This wasn’t to halt the Brid momentum though and they were soon on the front foot pushing Cas back with a series of excellent attacks, only halted when Cas winger was yellow carded for trying to slow the ball down by holding on the floor.
Brid soon took full advantage, hammering the visitors with four unanswered first half tries in a blitz of pace and power. First up was Brid prop Mark Floyd who crashed his way over the line from five metres out to score his first of the season.
This was quickly followed by a successful penalty attempt from both sides before Stevie Mellonby was put clear and raced over the line after 20 minutes to make the score 13-6 to Brid.
The impetus was now well and truly with the home side and soon fellow winger Regan Stirk was getting in on the action, finishing off a well worked backs move following some slick handling for the five points, converted by Mellonby to make the score 20-6.
With five minutes of the first half to play centre Kieran Lawry spotted a huge gap behind the Cas defence and placed a beautiful kick through for Stirk to gallop onto and score for his second of the game.
Mellonby once again proving accurate with the extra two points to make the score a much deserved 27-6 at half time.
Bridlington started the second half in similar determined fashion forcing Castleford onto the retreat and drawing another penalty from them that Mellonby converted.
This should have signalled the floodgates to open but to their credit Castleford showed a great belief in trying to claw their way back into the game.
Utilising their big men to drive towards the Brid try line Cas forced Brid to now concede a penalty five metres out and whilst Brid were napping Cas flanker Will Nutbeen took the quick tap penalty and passed to Brown on the wing to score.
Brid full back Sizwe Zondo limped off after 55 minutes to be replaced by AJ Burrows but this did not affect Brid as they were soon back on the score sheet with a further penalty from Mellonby to make it 33-11.
Will Davies then intercepted a loose Castleford pass to sprint the full length of the pitch and score under the posts to stretch the score to 40-11.
A seemingly impossible position to lose from but one which Brid then tried their hardest to throw away in the last 15 minutes.
Firstly a quick penalty near the Brid line was taken by Price who dashed over the Brid line whilst the defence was once again napping.
Castleford then received their second yellow card of the match but this did not halt their comeback as prop Steve Johnson bludgeoned his way through three missed tackles to score from close range, successfully converted to drag the scores back to 40-25.
Cas then secured a valuable four try losing bonus point when a kick through was chased and the bounce evaded Regan Stirk covering at full back to bounce favourably for centre Jonathan Waddle to score and reduce the deficit to eight points.
Fortunately for Brid they managed to nervously hold off the rampant Castleford fight back in the last couple of minutes to finish the match 40-32.
Despite the poor defending in the last 20 minutes this was an excellent performance full of attacking skill and intensity.
This was the perfect preparation for next week’s massive cup quarter final at Widnes and should give the lads the confidence to go there and perform well.
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