Selby were looking to repeat their 50-14 win over Bridlington at the end of November, and with Bridlington’s last game - a 56-0 thrashing at Ilkley - on everyone’s mind, it was clearly possible.
When the visitors went three points up after the first few minutes, and it looked like another bad day at the office was in store. But Bridlington quickly turned things around, to win the encounter.
Selby kicked off and Bridlington soon gave away a penalty just inside their 40 metre line, which stand-off Josh Cruise kicked successfully to open the scoring.
To make matters worse, Bridlington were brought back for being in front of the kicker, giving Selby a scrum on halfway. The home side quickly regained possession and breaks by Ali Sutton and then Oliver Stephenson, put them on Selby’s 40 metre line.
A short gain by Regan Stirk was rewarded with a penalty, as Selby scrambled back to defend, and Lee Terewi stepped up to level the scores.
Bridlington continued to press from the restart, another break by Sutton, stopped just 15 metres from the line, resulted in a penalty for Bridlington, but Terewi’s kick went wide. giving Selby a drop out. The home side ran this back at them, and a kick ahead by Kemp went in touch and goal, giving them another drop out.
Again Bridlington ran it back, but this time they lost the ball forward. Playing the advantage Selby ran the ball out, until a timely interception by Michael Ridsdale, gave momentum back to the home side. Ridsdale linked with Sutton to dart into the 22, drawing the defence, and the captain offloaded for Gary Stevens to score a well-worked try.
Bridlington were on the attack again shortly after the restart, the forwards working together well, as they edged their way up the field.
A dive down the blind side by Terewi made a short gain, and the ball was recycled quickly by the forwards, for Tom Kemp to fire along the back line, for Stirk to score a try out wide, to extend their lead.
Towards the end of the half, Selby won a penalty in range of the posts, Cruise once more adding the points.
The second half saw the teams battling well, but both lost the ball in the final third of the pitch, Bridlington began to get the upper hand once more, midway through the half, with a break by Stephenson, the a pick and drive by Adam Dixon, putting them in Selby’s 22.
A scrum 10 metres from the line, was controlled well by the pack, and a diagonal run by Girking was seen by Kemp, who had to zig-zag his way through the defence to score a try.
Towards the end of the match, and with a number of penalties, Selby pounded the Bridlington defence. Time after time the referee gave the visitors penalties, which resulted in a try for them, and the referee ended the game as they knocked on the restart kick.
Man of the match: Ezra Luxton - shirt sponsored by John Marsh Engineering Ltd
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