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James Thompson manages to ground the ball
James Thompson manages to ground the ball

The views of Bridlington Director of Rugby Kieran Lawry after the 34-3 win over North Ribblesdale

“WE really saw the New Year in with a bang on Saturday with our best home performance of the season so far against the far flung visitors from North Ribblesdale.

“We started the game like a steam train, ripping through the opposition as though the league depended on it and the intensity and skill levels that we showed at times were really pleasing.

“There is often a lot of rustiness after the long Christmas break, especially after the excesses that are enjoyed by the majority of the rugby club but we tore into our opponents right from the start.

“Picking up the four-try bonus point was also important as it continues to stretch our lead at the top point by point.

“We rested a couple of players this week and brought in the likes of Paddy Waines for his long awaited first team appearance at prop, and when he came on showed just why there is a real excitement at the club to get him involved.

“Tom Kemp once again performed well in the middle of the park while Danny Perkin had an immense game leading from the front at hooker.

“He was just pipped for the man of the match though by scrum half Stevie Mellonby who slotted straight back into the team and offered a constant threat to the opposition.

“We travel to bottom club Dinnington this week full of confidence despite knowing that a tough game awaits us.

“Hopefully with another good away performance we will be travelling back having further cemented our lead at the top of the table.

“A special mention must once again go to our second team who despite struggling for numbers and scrambling round for players on Saturday morning still travelled all the way to Knottingley and recorded a fantastic win against tough opposition.

“To continue fielding such a young side and yet still recording wins speaks as much about the development of the club as the first team does heading the table.

“Tom Wilson continues to lead the team well, ably supported by Micky Edmond and Gary Stevens who are all knocking on the door to get back into the first team.

“The competition for places is increasing week by week with the likes of Micky Clayton and Dan Palmer joining the afforementioned pushing for their chance.

“Finally I would like to offer mine and the club’s deepest condolances to club physio Jane Rollinson who lost her father over the New Year period and also offer our best wishes to ex-club steward and stalwart Billy Sanderson who suffered a serious stroke at the weekend.

“Hopefully he will be back up to full speed and dancing on the bar before long.”