REPORT AND PICTURES: Bridlington Marauders v Withernsea

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Bridlington 3rds hosted Withernsea and were boosted when Hull Ionians failed to turn up to play the host club’s 2nds, giving them a choice of substitutes.

Withernsea started strongest and went into a 7-0 lead.

Bridlington Marauders 31 Withernsea 29

Bridlington Marauders 31 Withernsea 29

From the restart the ball was dropped. John Spence picked it up and raced clear but was judged to be offside. The resulting penalty was kicked and Withernsea led 10-0.

Again the ball was dropped on the restart, but this time it was driven on and recycled to Liam Sharples who scored, but Sam Johnson missed the conversion.

Brid pressured the visitors defence and from a scrum on the Withernsea line, Johnson swooped on the ball and touched down. He could not convert,so the scores were tied at 10-10.

Withernsea scored twice before half-time converting both and turned around 24-10 in front.

After a wake up call by Ben Lawry,Brid came out of the blocks first. A good break by Sharples fed Michael Nugent who rounded the full back to score. Johnson converted.

Withernsea rallied and started to make ground. With a few slick passes,the ball went wide and the full back scored an unconverted try.

Posession and territory was shared for the next 20 minutes but the deadlock was broken with Nugent scoring his second try. Johnson converted to make it 29-24.

Time was running out and Brid worked hard to create opportunities. With wave after wave of rucking and mauling, the defence cracked letting Spence in at the corner. With Johnson off the field, up stepped Josh Rayner on his senior rugby debut. From the touchline he put the ball between the posts to claim the home win 31-29.

Man of the match was Rayner for a solid performance at stand off, combined with the winning kick.