Bridlington 3rds hosted Hull University on Saturday and after a run of away games with cry-offs and no-shows, had 24 players available.
After shuffling the regulars with the returning extras, the Marauders were soon on the scoresheet. A good passage of play with forward drives resulted with Sam Clare scoring close to the posts. Remarkably, the conversion was missed.
With rolling substitutes, Brid could utilise all their talent. Fantastic support play made space which Ben Dean burst into and with one man to beat, put Tom Willson under the posts. Unbelievably again the conversion was missed.
Hull started to rally but lots of mistakes and turnovers were pounced on. Brid again turned up the heat and with an interpassing display that the first team would have been proud of, Josh Bowles took the short final pass and broke three tackles to make the score 15-0.
A lot of changes at half-time, put Brid on the back foot for a short while. Only a massive tackle by Matty Taylor saved a certain try.
This seemed to wake up the hosts. Constant wave after wave of pick and go rucking brought the 3rds into the Uni half. The defence held out, but eventually a gap was found which Bowles filled and exploited. His power and pace took him in for his second try.
Thankfully Jamie Muru was on the pitch and the conversion was a formality.
With some indiscipline by the visitors, the Marauders camped in the opposition 22. Eventually the constant barrage of rucks took their toll and evergreen Joe Franks showed his experience, breaking free and scoring. Muru again added the two.
Hull now knew the result was beyond their grasp, but were not disheartened. They summoned a massive effort together and pressed forward. Brid withstood drive after drive but a resurgent Uni side were not to be stopped.
They got closer and closer and with the line begging, the final pass was spilled and cleared.
With the best form of defence being attack, the home side stepped up to the plate and went on the offensive. Rucking and mauling to the fore, the forwards took charge.
Driving closer to the line, an oustretched arm appeared and the ball was placed over the whitewash. Eddie Morrell claimed the score and again Muru converted.
Man of the match was given jointly to Joe Franks and Tom Willson .