Mariners hold on to make it a double delight

Bridlington Mariners 8 Scarborough 2nds 7
Bridlington Mariners 8 Scarborough 2nds 7

Bridlington 2nds made it a derby day double by edging past Scarborough 8-7 at Dukes Park.

However the game was hampered by a series of frustrating refereeing decisions which affected what could have potentially been an open game.

The game started with strong runs by Connor Williamson and Tom Brown which got Bridlington into a great position. Finally, the referee gave a penalty, and Brid opted to kick for the corner which turn into a great call as the try was scored by Jayson Stephenson from the lineout.

But with both teams walking towards the posts and back to the halfway line, the official blew his whistle and called a knock on, and Scarborough managed to clear their lines.

Some ill discipline by Bridlington and more questionable decisions led Scarborough to the Bridlington line. Some great defence by all the Brid players stopped anything Scarborough could throw at them, with a couple of try saving tackles by Stevie Mellonby and Rich Burrows on the Brid line keeping the scores level.

The decisive point of the first half came when Scarborough missed a penalty in front of the posts. The returned 22 kick put Scarborough on the attack but Michael Nugent made an interception and raced away to score a try and put Bridlington 5-0 up at the break.

The second half was much as the same as the first, with tough defence by Bridlington and plenty of mistakes by Scarborough as the pitch was becoming heavier.

Eventually, Bridlington won a penalty 25 metres out and Mellonby slotted over what was to prove to be the winning kick.

More baffling decisions from the man in the middle gave Scarborough a foot hold back in the game. This led to some poor discipline by Bridlington as their frustration began to build.

From a scrum to Bridlington on their 22, Sam Wragg fed the ball illegally according again to the referee, but the ball rolled through the middle of scrum and out to the other side, and quick thinking by Scarborough’s fly-half and scrum-half led to a try, and the lead was precarious at 8-7.

Despite a yellow card for Brown, the game evened out in the closing stages and Bridlington held on.

Bridlington’s man of the match was Rich Burrows for coming up from the third team and defending well all game.