Dinnington RUFC 6
Bridlington RUFC 10
BRIDLINGTON travelled to Dinnington on quite a cold day with a gusting wind, hampering the kickers.
With a number of players being unavailable, Ben Lawry and Tom Brown stepped in.
Dinnington kicked off the match, but then found themselves pinned back in their half.
The visitors got to within 10 metres of the Dinnington line despite the referee awarding an unprecedented number of penalties to the home side.
There was a great performance by the Bridlington pack, both in the tackling and the way in which they scrummed down against a larger pack, even winning a couple against the head.
Both sets of backs seemed to cancel each other out, with a combination of good running lines and even better tackling.
Dinnington then started to make ground up the park to Bridlington’s 22, but a good lineout caught by Callum Cappleman, seemed to turn the pressure around again, allowing first Regan Stirk then Stevie Mellonby to clear up to the home side’s 22, .
But they quickly regrouped and ran the ball back at the visitors, and were awarded a penalty as Bridlington had a front row player yellow carded, just outside the 22.
Dinnington opted to kick to touch, for a lineout 10 metres from the line.
Again the Bridlington pack worked well as a unit, as Dinnington caught then tried to drive forward, but the visitors were ready for them and drove the attack backwards.
With a scrum awarded to Bridlington and with a front row player in the bin, Gary Heeley had to come off, so Lawry could come on.
Again Dinnington kicked for a lineout five metres from the line, following another penalty, and with the forwards unable to gain any ground, Dinnington looked to their standoff to successfully kick a drop goal, putting them on the scoreboard.
Dinnington were again under pressure by the visitors from the restart, but escaped time and again with penalties.
A good run by the Dinnington number eight was stopped by Sizwe Zondo as he reached the 40 metre line. James Thompson, Adam Dixon and Micky Edmond each put in good tackles to stop the advance, before the ball was given to the backs.
More great defence by Bridlington followed as they were pushed slowly backwards, then a counter ruck by the forwards, gave a chance to the backs to escape.
Zondo and Stirk linked with Edmond, but the pack driving him on were stopped as they reached the halfway line.
Thompson picked up from the base of the resultant scrum, produced quick ball for the backs, and a great run by AJ Burrows, ended with him offloading inside to Girking five metres from the line, but it was adjudged to be a forward pass.
After a good scrum by Bridlington, the backs were away again, this time Stirk had a good run, supported by the pack and only 15 metres out they were awarded a penalty, which Mellonby kicked successfully at goal, to bring the scores level.
Dinnington attack from the restart, making slow progress up the park until a good tackle by Ryan Girking, allowed Tom Kemp to drive forward but the ball was eventually lost forward.
Then another yellow card, for the visitors, relieved the pressure for the home side. Taken quickly, the backs attacked before kicking ahead, but Luxton was waiting, turning and driving back.
Despite being a man down all the pressure seemed to come from the visitors, and following a missed penalty kick by the visitors the referee ended the half.
Bridlington started the second half as they finished the first, applying pressure from the off, causing the standoff to make errors, but with a good pack, Dinnington were able to settle themselves for the fullback to clear their lines.
Luxton had a run from the lineout to set up an attack, the visitors eventually winning a scrum on the 40.
The backs were released, but a late tackle on Kemp won a penalty for Bridlington, and earned a yellow card for Dinnington.
The visitors attacked phase after phase as they pounded the defence, winning a penalty five metres from the line.
Then a scrum was awarded to Bridlington, from which they drove at the line. They were halted temporarily, then they pushed again, and this time a Dinnington player kicked the ball out of the scrum and a penalty try was awarded, which Mellonby successfully converted.
Dinnington applied pressure from the restart, but good defence by Bridlington made their progress very slow up the field.
After missing one penalty, they kicked a second moments later to reduce the gap.
Both teams battled hard for the remainder of the game, with neither able to convert their possession into points.
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This week Bridlington are at home to North Ribblesdale, followed by a trip to league leaders Huddersfield on October 13.