Relegation fears emerge after another dismal trip

Dinnington RUFC 16

Bridlington RUFC 3

Yorkshire League Division One

BRIDLINGTON endured another torrid away day with the long trip to lowly Dinnington at the weekend and once again came away with a poor result and even worse performance which sees them dragged into the relegation battle.

Bridlington played against the slope in the first half but the strong wind and continual heavy rain which had turned the pitch into something resembling a farmer’s field meant that any chances of a fast running game were curtailed.

The large Dinnington forwards soon began to dominate and although handling was difficult the Bridlington players really began to struggle keeping hold of the ball, especially in contact.

Brid’s defence, normally strong and well organised, was constantly on the back foot and it wasn’t long before the continual pressure told.

Dinnington’s forwards drove them up the field with a series of rucks and as Brid tried to stand their ground they were penalised for being offside.

The penalty was successfully kicked to give the home side the lead after 12 minutes.

Dinnington were clearly on top in what was a scrappy affair full of mistakes and poor play but somehow Brid managed to pull level with a penalty of their own after half an hour when on a rare incursion into the Dinnington half the home team were adjudged to have handled in the ruck.

The kick was struck over by Stevie Mellonby and the scores were level 3-3.

Dinnington came straight back though and right on half time regained the lead with another penalty around the ruck area to make the score 6-3 at half time.

A thoroughly forgettable 40 minutes of rugby which Brid were second best in every aspect.

The second half began how the first had finished with Dinnington well on top and Brid unable to amount any real pressure or control on the game.

Brid’s set piece was once again their Achilles heel with the scrum under severe pressure and the line out not functioning.

Any possession Brid did manage was under constant threat from the Dinnington defence meaning they were unable to get their fast passing game working at all.

Five minutes into the second half Brid’s task was hampered further by a yellow card to scrum half Will Davies for repeat team infringements.

This was extremely harsh on the Brid player as the consistency the referee showed at times was baffling both sides.

Dinnington nearly capitalised on the advantage as they moved the ball along the backs but poor handling let Brid off the hook.

The visitors were not as lucky a short time later when Dinnington’s dominance in the forwards allowed them to set up a driving maul from the line-out which Brid were unable to cope with, resulting in the Dinnington flanker crashing over for the try to make the score 11-3.

Brid tried hard to get back into the game but suffered the loss of influential Jamie Muru to injury meaning a reshuffle in the backs saw back row Callum Yorke come in on to the wing.

Dinnington were still dominant in the forwards and this superiority and pressure resulted in prop Rob Medforth receiving 10 minutes in the sin bin for handling on the ruck.

With five minutes remaining Dinnington were awarded a penalty 20 metres from the Brid line and despite them taking the quick tap illegally were allowed to continue by the referee, moving the ball wide to score in the corner and seal the win 16-3.

This capped off an awful performance from the young Brid side that had been looking to continue their improving form on the back of three previous wins.

Dinnington celebrated in the knowledge that they had blown the relegation battle wide open and Brid now face a stern test on Saturday in a must win match at home to Castleford.

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