Noisy neighbours win fourth derby

Ryan Girking leads his side off the pitch at Silver Royd after their 30-18 win at Scarborough
Ryan Girking leads his side off the pitch at Silver Royd after their 30-18 win at Scarborough

Bridlington backed up their pre-match words with an excellent away performance on the pitch to secure a 30-18 win at Scarborough.

The Dukes Park side’s captain Ryan Girking had caused a buzz before kick-off by telling the Free Press he believed his side would win if they played at half their potential.

His comments could have backfired, but instead his confidence was well-placed as he led his side to a comfortable win.

Girking said: “When you get on the pitch, words go out the window and all that matters is the result.

“We didn’t start very well, I think the nerves got the better of us really.

“There were a lot of people watching, although we had a good following.

“We were wasteful and didn’t take our chances. There were three or four occasions when we would normally have scored but failed to take advantage.

“At half-time, we thought we would go back to basics, which gave us a bit of structure.

“Scarborough scored a really well-worked try but all that did was make us buck our ideas up because we knew we were in a game.

“However, after that we ran away with things and our forwards took the game to them.”

Tries by Matiu Welch, Andrew Trolove and two from Paddy Waines, meant Bridlington wrapped up their fourth successive win over their neighbours, three of which have come at Silver Royd.

“I think it does play on Scarborough’s minds. We have had a good streak of results against them for quite a few years now.”

And Bridlington’s second XV made it a derby double by beating Scarborough 8-7 at home, while the third team game was called off.

It means confidence is high at the club as they prepare to welcome Yorkshire One leaders Bradford & Bingley to East Yorkshire this weekend.

The Bees have won the two games between the sides so far this season, in the league and in the first round of the Yorkshire Shield, but their margin of victory was a single score in both fixtures.

“It’s a massive game. After Christmas, we have played four and won four.

“Bradford have beaten us twice, by four points and three points, but to be honest, I think both times, we should have won.”

The leaders have only lost once since being relegated from North One East in 2015, and are five points clear of Malton & Norton, with Bridlington four points behind in third spot.

“They lost at Hullensians so that gives us a bit of confidence and shows they can be beaten on their travels.

“We should be at full strength and our forward pack are in good form, which is great because Bradford & Bingley have very big forwards.”