Mariners impressive in win over Beverley Bandits

Bridlington Mariners 34 Beverley Bandits 14
Bridlington Mariners 34 Beverley Bandits 14

The Mariners started sluggishly allowing the visitors to dictate play and indeed they spent much of the first 15 minutes in the Brid half.

The pressure counted as Beverley Bandits took the lead with a converted try following some indifferent defence by the home side.

The first quarter was also punctuated by the Mariners giving too many penalties away allowing the visitors to dictate play. Having eradicated the penalties, the Brid pack started to exert some pressure of their own.

They moved the ball into the visitors half for probably the first time in the game and almost levelled the scores. Number eight and captain for the day Tom Brown came up with the try on the back of some good work by all the pack. Scrum half Oli Stephenson was wide with his attempted conversion.

The Mariners, with a strong wind behind them got into their stride and it wasn’t long before they were homing in on a second try.

The pack worked the ball into the visitors half and the half backs Stephenson and Ben Lawry set the outside backs running at the line. Full back Mark Chapman was almost over the line but selfishly handed on to winger Matty Taylor who inexplicably lost the ball in the act of scoring.

Fortunately for Taylor he had a chance to redeem himself minutes later. The home side continued to run at the Beverley outfit and a clever kick over the head of the Beverley defence saw Taylor run onto the ball hack on over the line and then pounce.

Stephenson was successful with the extras to make it 10-7.

Having the elements in their favour, the Mariners really needed to add to their total but, although they were in the ascendency for the rest of the half, they were unable to add to the score. Therefore with the wind against them in the second half, the message was to up the work rate and starve Beverley of ball so that they couldn’t pump the ball deep with the wind.

The Mariners pack proved themselves up to the challenge in the second period and they played some really attractive rugby in the process.

From a scrum on half way the back row picked and ran at the Beverley defence. Then the ball was moved into the Beverley 22 and saw back row Micky Clayton running at the line. He was caught 10 metres short but Mariners debutant Callum Sanderson was well up in support to collect the off load and score under the post for a great try. Stephenson converted.

Yet more strong running by Sanderson and the backs set up the next Mariners try, which was well finished by centre Scott Stevens.

The Mariners pack then started to tire in the final quarter and credit to Beverley who stuck at it and it was they who scored next. This followed some pressure on the Brid line and some tired tackling from the Mariners.

The conversion made it 29-14.

Stevens had the last say when as the game drew to a close and defences got stretched he received the ball just inside the Beverley half in space and he beat the winger four times to go in at the corner.

Having scored six tries the Mariners got a much needed bonus point.

In the forwards, Roberts Cunliffe Brown and Jayson Stephenson showed up well in both the contact areas and running the ball.

Centres Joe Stephenson and Stevens were good in defence and attact but everyone agreed that the man of the match had to go to the debutant Sanderson.