Result was ‘kick in the teeth’

Bridlington 22 Malton 23
Bridlington 22 Malton 23

Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking admitted Malton’s last-ditch win was a ‘kick in the teeth’ for his battling side.

An 84th minute penalty gave the visitors a 23-22 win in their Yorkshire One match on Saturday.

Bridlington 22 Malton 23

Bridlington 22 Malton 23

Girking said: “It was desperately disappointing. I thought we played reasonably well and that we had done enough to win a very good game.

“It was a penalty, I can’t dispute that. But for one of their tries, the pass was about a yard forward. It’s so disappointing because it was so blatantly forward and that was ultimately what won them the game.

“We were in the game all the way through. We defended like crazy for the first 20 minutes but they only managed one try and we went down the other end and equalised straight away.

“We had several changes and everybody who came into the side did very well, we just couldn’t quite get over the line. Then after 10 minutes we had an injury, and one of our other substitutes was ill, so effectively one only had one replacement for the rest of the game.

It tells us we are not far being off a good side when we can take the second-placed team in the league to the wire, having already beaten them once.

Rich Girking

“It was quite a warm day, despite the wind, and you could see in the second half we were getting tired.

“Malton were a better side than when we beat them in the Yorkshire Shield. Their left-winger caused us some problems and their pack was slightly different to that day, but I think we matched them in all areas of the park.

“It tells us we are not far being off a good side when we can take the second-placed team in the league to the wire, having already beaten them once. We should have beaten them again.

“However, it was a good game for the crowd, a good spectacle for our final home game.

“We could do with a win at Middlesbrough on Saturday to get us back into mid-table where we feel we should be. I know that if we turn up and play how we can, we can win there. I just don’t want to see an end-of-the-season performance.

“We need confidence for the Yorkshire Shield final.”