Huddersfield YMCA 48
Bridlington RUFC 12
BRIDLINGTON travelled to Huddersfield YMCA on Saturday, with a depleted team due to a number of players being unavailable.
With director of rugby Richard Girking and head coach Jamie Muru also away, Mark Floyd was left to organise the team.
Huddersfield kicked off the game, but Bridlington were able to gather and kick to touch. From the resultant lineout, Huddersfield fed quick ball for the backs to attack.
The forwards secured the ball for the backs once again, but they were stopped by Ryan Girking, who after some treatment had to leave the field.
This forced Bridlington to make changes to the back line within the first five minutes of the game, disrupting their game plan.
A few minutes later Huddersfield were again on the attack from a lineout, and they pounded the Bridlington defence time and again, until eventually the ball was knocked on.
Winning the scrum against the head, Huddersfield were again in control, but a great tackle by James Thompson, forced an error and won a penalty to Bridlington.
Regan Stirk cleared up to halfway, but a knock-on by the visitors again gave the ball back to the home side,.
Following the scrum, YMCA were penalised for crossing, and this allowed Stevie Mellonby to kick successfully at goal from 45 metres out.
Despite catching the restart kick and clearing their lines, the lineout was brought back into the visitors’ 22, as the ball had been passed back into the 22 prior to the clearance kick.
A good lineout and they again cleared their line, the forwards chased and eventually won a penalty when Huddersfield were caught offside.
Good runs by Tom Keeping and Adam Dixon allowed Bridlington to reach the 40m line, but a knock on presented Huddersfield with the loose ball.
The forwards and backs combined as they raced up the park, but scrambling defence by Bridlington manages to stop them just outside their 22.
After a big tackle by Ali Sutton, again a penalty was awarded for offside, Stirk kicked play back into Huddersfield’s 40, and another penalty to Bridlington allowed Mellonby to again kick successfully at goal.
Huddersfield were soon on the attack again, kicking through the defence.
Gary Heeley dropped on the ball as the forwards drove over to secure it, and eventually Stirk was able to kick up field, failing to find touch.
Huddersfield ran it back from halfway, despite good tackling by Paddy Waines and Micky Edmond
The visitors turned the ball over, before the referee showed two yellow cards, one to each team, reversing the original penalty.
Mellonby kicked for a lineout and Bridlington got to within striking distance of the line, but good tackling by the home side thwarted the attack.
Huddersfield marched their way up the park, kicking through as they reached the line. Mellonby dropped on the ball, sliding over the try line as he gathered it, for a scrum to the home side.
A free kick from the scrum, taken quickly, saw Heeley stop a short run by the prop, and resulted in a yellow card to Bridlington for not rolling away.
Then, from a lineout, Huddersfield drove over for a converted try.
Bridlington were able to march their way up the park once again, and then following a high tackle, Mellonby again kicked successfully at goal.
The advantage was short lived as a strong Huddersfield attack resulted in another try for the home side, giving them the lead back.
But within a matter of minutes Bridlington again won a penalty 40 metres from the line, Mellonby kicked again successfully at goal, bringing the scores level as they enter the break at 12-12.
In the second half Huddersfield ran in six tries, three of which were converted.
Bridlington were not able to add to their score, despite getting to five metres from the try line on five occasions.
Paddy Waines was the closest to scoring with a run down the touch line from 10 metres out, but he was forced into touch inches from the line.
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This week Bridlington are at Home to Wath upon Dearne, followed by a trip to Driffield