Three great first-half tries set Marauders on their way

Bridlington Marauders 17 Goole 5
Bridlington Marauders 17 Goole 5

Having suffered a beating last week against BP Chemicals, the Marauders needed to get back to winning ways to get back on track in the Merit League.

Having suffered a beating last week against BP Chemicals, the Marauders needed to get back to winning ways to get back on track in the Merit League.

This they achieved with an accomplished victory over a spirited and young Goole team. The Marauders dominated the first period winning most facets of the game, but unfortunately there over eagerness particularly in the rucks was often penalised by the referee.

The penalty count was far too high throughout the game something the team must guard against in future.

In the first quarter, the Marauders pack would work well to establish good field position only to give away a needless penalty and allow the visitors to work their way back upfield.

The introduction of centre Liam Sharples changed things as he made an immediate impact. The Marauders had the ball just inside the Goole half. The forwards secured quick ball. Half backs John Lee and Ben Lawry quickly transferred to Sharples running at pace on to the ball. He cut through a gap in the visitors defence to race 40 metres to score with his first touch of the game. Fellow centre Joe Stephenson was just wide with the attempted conversion.

Within minutes Sharples was involved again making a similar break. This time, he fed back row Micky Clayton who scored another great try. Stephenson’s conversion attempt was again wide.

With the half coming to a close, the Marauders pilled on the pressure and following five phases of play, the Brid pack had stretched the Goole defence. Stand off Lawry ran at the Goole line, sold a dummy and ghosted over for a third great try. Stephenson found his kicking boots to make the half time score 17-0.

After the break, the visitors upted their game. The loss of Lawry at stand off, Brett Hales at lock and fellow second row Tom Hodgson, yellow carded, disrupted the flow of the home side and they never reached the highs of the first period. Moreover, continued infringements and penalties given away continued to frustrate the Marauders.

However, Goole never looked like getting back into the game even though they got a consolation try late on. This was a good performance by the Marauders although giving away double digit penalties in a closer game will hurt a lot more in future.

The front row of Shepherdson, Adam McTurk and Chatham did a lot of damage notably in the scrum although the referee made some strange decisions against them.

The back five worked hard in the loose, securing good ball in attack and often stopping Goole in front of the gain line in defence. The backs received limited ball mainly because the forwards infringed too much but when they did receive it they created problems and defensively they were sound.

The Marauders gave a senior rugby debut to Jordan Maguire, who didn’t look out of place.

Man of the match for Brid went to back row Josh Symonds who was brilliant in those dark areas of open play that players rarely get credit for.

The Marauders have another tough assignment versus Beverley away next week.