York RUFC 7
Bridlington RUFC 10
BRIDLINGTON travelled to York on Saturday, on what was one of the hottest days of recent weeks.
They started the stronger from the whistle, kicking off the game they kept York in their own half.
York were penalised for an early engagement at the scrum giving a free kick to Bridlington from which they created a good attacking platform.
York were able to clear their lines from a scrum but this went straight in to the arms of Regan Stirk.
The visitors then launched an attack on the York defence a couple of penalties enabled them to get in to the 22, from which Stevie Mellonby was able to kick successfully at goal, opening the scoring.
York however had most of the possession for the rest of the first half as they pounded the Bridlington defence, again and again.
Bridlington were able to escape the half for short periods before being pushed back again.
York were able to get right up to the try line but with each time they were driven away by a great defensive display.
In fact both teams demonstrated a good defence in the opening half of the game, which could have gone either way.
York continued the attack at the start of the second half, again having most of the possession, the pressure finally showed as they were able to put multiple phases of play together, resulting in a good try by the forwards, out by the corner flag, which was converted by stand off Johnson.
The hosts continued their dominance, for most of the half, despite some great running by the visitors stopped short of the line a couple of times.
Bridlington won a couple of penalties late in the game and were able to inch their way towards the line, the forwards pounded the defence down the blind side phase after phase until James Thompson was able to cross the line for a try.
Like York’s, the try was out by the corner flag, but Mellonby stepped up and converted a difficult kick from the touch line, to put the visitors in front.
Shortly after the restart the referee ended the game.
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Next week Bridlington are at home to Barnsley