Resurgent Marauders continue their winning start to Merit League season

The first team were beaten 16-3 at Scarborough but Bridlington Marauders took revenge with a 7-5 win
The first team were beaten 16-3 at Scarborough but Bridlington Marauders took revenge with a 7-5 win

The Marauders extended their unbeaten run to two games on Saturday with a great win against the old enemy Scarborough.

If anything, this was an even better win than last week against Hullensians Hawks considering the loss of a number of players before the game.

Dewi Roberts and Tom Brown were drafted into the first team, Joe Stephenson was unavailable and Tom Wilson sustained a severe injury in training that keeps him out for the rest of the season.

All four played in the backs last week and so the Marauders took to the field with only four recognised backs.

Scarborough took the initiative in the first quarter and might have taken the lead on a few occasions but the Marauders defence held firm.

Indeed, the home side started to gain more than a foothold in the game and strong work by the forwards at the breakdown allowed the Marauders the chance to exert some pressure on the Scarborough team of their own.

Scarborough did manage, however, to take the lead late in the half when through a number of phases of play they were able to stretch the Brid defence.

Wing Nigel Cloherty looked like he had stopped a certain try with a last-ditch tackle but a supporting Scarborough player was first to recycle the ball and cross the line.

The try remained unconverted making the half time score 5-0 to the visitors.

The Marauders started the second period well, having been convinced at half time that the game was for the taking and within 10 minutes of the restart had gained the lead.

Strong work by the forwards created a platform for the backs to attack. The pack won quick ball 15 metres into the Scarborough half.

Half back Jamie Muru sent a long ball out to centre Micky Clayton, running at pace onto the pass. He committed his opposite number and gave a great pass to wing Cloherty sprinting on to the ball.

Cloherty burst into two tacklers near to the line and just managed to get the ball down. The referee took an age to give the try and an excellent conversion from Muru made it 7-5.

The rest of the half followed the same direction as the first with some end-to-end play by both sides but, through rotation of players and excellent defence by the Marauders, Scarborough were repelled.

Special mention must go to forwards playing out of position in the backs, John Lee at scrum half and Louis Cunliffe and Clayton in the centres.

In fact, the half backs of Lee and Muru controlled a lot of the game.

The forwards including subs continue to work incredibly hard and it is up front that games are won.

This was another great team performance but having played at centre, prop and back row, man of the match went to Cunliffe.

The Marauders return to league action next week with a tough assignment at BP.