Mariners end leaders’ unbeaten run

Bridlington Mariners 42 Scunthorpe 19
Bridlington Mariners 42 Scunthorpe 19

Unbeaten league leaders Scunthorpe visited Dukes Park on Saturday unbeaten and top of the league and the toughest test of Bridlington Mariners’ attempts to win the Merit League.

Scunthorpe started in the ascendency and established a five-point lead with an early try. However, the Brid pack quickly established an advantage over their counterparts and Jamie Muru slotted an easy penalty.

Soon, the Mariners were in front following good set up play by the forwards and a flowing move in the backs that got full back Marc Chapman running into a big hole to score a good try. Muru added the extras.

Returning winger AJ Burrows was next on the score sheet as he gathered Muru’s kick well and strolled over. Muru added the conversion.

With the half coming to a close the Brid pack had once again worked hard to get in the home side 22 and when the visitors infringed Muru added another excellently struck penalty for a half time score of 20-5.

It took the Mariners a little while to settle back into the groove at the beginning of the second period but when centre Scott Stevens danced in for a try out wide it settled the hone side back into the game. Muru was once more on target.

Muru himself then added a try when Scunthorpe, in their own half, tried to run out of defence but Muru anticipated the pass, intercepted and strolled over for a great solo effort. Taylor, his son had come on at half time, and dad allowed him the kick at goal but he fluffed his lines.

Muru senior was once again the catalyst for Brid’s next score. The Mariners had the ball just outside their 22. Nothing seemed on when Muru received the ball and three Mariners attackers were marshalled by three defenders.

With only five metres to work in Muru fired a pass to wing Matty Taylor to set him running free. He intelligently committed his opposite number to pass inside to back row Mike Ridsdale who waltzed over for a brilliant try.

The Mariners were now rampant and running the visitors ragged. Oli Stephenson got the final try for the home side set up well by marauding play by the forwards and although he should have passed, Stephenson barged his way through a defender to score.

Late on, the Mariners lost their shape and organisation, partly due to being reduced to 14-men and Muru and Mark Floyd taking a rest, and this allowed the visitors in for two late tries which made the 42-19 score slightly flattering to them.