The Mariners entertained Scarborough on Saturday at Dukes park and for the second week running snatched defeat from victory agonisingly conceding a late try to gift the visitors the win
The first quarter of the match went to the visitors as they started the stronger and the Mariners had to weather an early onslaught.
Indeed the Brid eight were a yard behind their opponents to the break downs and were struggling in the set piece.
It was no surprise therefore, that the Scarborough outfit opened the scoring with a converted try presented to them by lacklustre defence by the Mariners.
However, having woken up the Mariners started to control the game. With 25 minutes gone the Mariners worked their way into the visitors’ 22 metre line for one of the first times in the game.
A great kick by stand off Jamie Muru turned the Scarborough winger around and then great work by the Mariners’ outside backs put pressure on the defence and winger Ben Wollerton found himself free with the line at his mercy and he scored in the corner.
Scrum half Stevie Mellonby was wide with his attempted conversion and Scarborough led 7-5.
Brid were now having their best spell of the game and began to dominate the visitors, particularly in the set piece and at the break down.
It wasn’t long before the Mariners took the lead and it came on the back of great work in the forwards, wing forward Matty Faulkner coming up with the score.
The Mariners seemed to take the foot off the gas for the last few minutes of the half and that allowed the visitors to regain the lead with a try which again uncharacteristically came on the back of some poor defence by the Mariners.
Scarborough went into the half-time break leading 12-10.
The second period started as the first with the visitors back on top. With in 10 minutes of the restart they had extended their lead with a further unconverted try.
This stung the home side back into action and with the set piece functioning well the Mariners pack started to exert some measure of control over their counterparts.
Following a series of penalties awarded against the visitors, the Mariners worked their way close to the Scarborough line and a quick tap saw replacement prop Adam Dixon crash over. Mellonby hit a great conversion and at 17-17 the game was up for grabs.
Both sides then upped their game and strove to win the game which made for a fascinating battle. Indeed both sides came close to scoring tries but were repealed by excellent defence on both sides.
With the game ebbing away the Mariners thought they had snatched the victory. Having worked hard to get close to the visitors’ line, they were awarded a couple of penalties, the second easily kickable, and Mellonby obliged.
All the Mariners had to do was put the ball into the correct areas defend well and the victory was theirs.
Unfortunately rash decisions and penalties given away allowed Scarborough to work the ball deep into the Mariners half. Having won a penalty for holding on the Scarborough scum half took a quick tap and ducked under a couple of would-be tackles to score.
The Mariners were devastated at the end of the game having played well for long periods of the game and some of the younger players in the team learnt some lessons in game management.
It would be unfair to single out one player for the man of the match award because all 20 players who took the park contributed to a great team performance.
The Mariners have a tough trip next week to Hull University to take on the Medics.
Bridlington’s third team, the Marauders, were left with only 13 players as they headed to Scarborough alongside the first team.
Their lack of numbers proved crucial as they went down to a 39-0 defeat.