Marauders adapt to the conditions better

Hullensians 3rds 7 Bridlington 3rds 20
Hullensians 3rds 7 Bridlington 3rds 20

Bridlington 3rds travelled to Hullensians on Saturday, on blustery day with snow and sleet throughout the match.

Mistakes from both sides littered the first half, but Brid made the most of them and registered their first try when Tom Hodgson crossed the line.

Hullensians 3rds 7 Bridlington 3rds 20

Hullensians 3rds 7 Bridlington 3rds 20

With a severe cross-wind blowing, kicking at the posts was not going to be easy and unsurprisingly, the two extra points were missed.

The Marauders handled the conditions better all game and their forward dominance prevailed.

Ninety percent of all lineouts were won by Brid, particularly by Billy Carter and Tom Harwood, aided by Wayne Atkinson.

It was from one of these
lineouts that Brid won the ball. After a few drives forward, the ball was passed to Carter, who dived in at the corner. The kick was short and Brid turned around at half-time 10-0 ahead.

Hullensians 3rds 7 Bridlington 3rds 20

Hullensians 3rds 7 Bridlington 3rds 20

Now playing down the slight slope, Brid kicked the ball behind the Hullensians backs.

A lineout was conceded on the home side’s five metre line. The wind was a factor with every throw-in, and when a loose throw came in, Atkinson was first to react. He caught the wayward throw and fell over the line.

Again, no conversion, but a 15 point lead.

Something came alive in the Hullensians side and they had a period of about 10 minutes attacking Brid. Eventually, the pressure told and the home scrum-half sneaked over next to the posts. The kick was converted and the score became 15-7.

With everyone keen to hear the final whistle, Brid searched for the bonus point try. Attacking the right flank, the forwards combined with the back-line to create a driving maul.

When the ball got to the back, Carter got his hands on it and stretched for the line. He was stopped short but was strong enough to place it over the whitewash.

After the missed kick, the final whistle sounded and the six points take Bridlington to joint second in the league.

Man of the match was awarded to Billy Carter but everyone who braved the weather deserved the accolade.