Bridlington ease past York to move into third
Bridlington had a good home win against York, who were just below them in Yorkshire One. In the past these games have often proved tight, but on this occasion the home side had a comfortable win.
Coach Paul Cook re-jigged the backs, with captain Ryan Girking moved to full-back. His defensive tackling is beyond question, and he was able to join the attack with some momentum and has the pace to regain his position for his defensive role.
York kicked off and soon had a chance of points, with a penalty from the Bridlington 10 metre line hitting the right hand upright and bouncing out.
After the restart and with Bridlington in possession and pressing hard, York were ruled offside. After good kick to the corner, a secure line-out saw the ball passed to midfield and a try by Gareth Roberts close to the posts.
An easy conversion for Jack Arthur gave Bridlington a lead of 7-0 after seven minutes of play.
After surviving a period of York pressure, Bridlington were handling the ball well, swinging the ball across to the left wing, and a great cross kick fielded by Jack Arthur to run strongly, go over, but it was ruled out because he had a foot in touch.
Bridlington soon regained possession, and good work by the forwards enabled Qaqambile Mrwetyana to surge over and score from close quarters.
A good conversion by Arthur increased the lead to 14-0 on 25 minutes.
A scrum on the halfway line saw Jimmy Thompson break clear with a typically strong run, forcing the York side to be ruled offside, and a kick to the York 22 metre line. Sustained pressure by the forwards and a switch to neat handling by the backs brought the third Bridlington score by Girking. This one was not converted.
Bridlington continued to have the better of the play for the remainder of the half, with York looking fragile at times, and a three-try lead at half-time was a fair reflection of the play.
The second half got going with York playing with much more resolve. They had spent most of the first half in their own territory, but the second half showed a different team.
York pressed for the next 20 minutes, with Bridlington defending hard, and continuing line-out offences by York interrupted their momentum.
An excellent attack down the right wing and great defence to put the York winger into touch was typical of the exciting play.
The experienced Ali Sutton put in a huge tackle close to the Bridlington line, forcing a knock on and a clearance by Arthur to the Bridlington 10 metre line, after 14 minutes of play, kept the visitors at bay.
As the first 20 minutes of the second half ticked by Bridlington were still trapped in their own half, until aggressive defence forced York back into their own half, for the first time. A knock-on and consequent Bridlington scrum led to their first attack of the half.
The ball went through several pairs of hands to fly half Matiu Welch who mesmerised a number of defenders, jinking and stepping off both feet to score untouched under the posts. The conversion by Arthur gave Bridlington a handsome lead of 26-0 and a bonus point for four tries.
York opened their account on 70 minutes, with Bridlington defending again and going offside deep in their 22 area. A secure line-out and quick passing led to a straightforward try, not converted from wide out to narrow the gap slightly.
Bridlington had transgressed too many times during this half, with a whole raft of penalties going against them, however, in possession they were still dangerous.
Bridlington won a penalty in the opposition half, and with York still in disarray, a quick tap, quick hands and Callum Sanderson went over for Bridlington’s fifth try.
As the match drew to a close, a York scrum close to the Bridlington line proved strong enough to push the home pack backwards and force a consolation try, which was unconverted.
A very solid win for Brid, the five points gained putting them back into third place in Yorkshire One, a single point above Hullensians. York had failed to capitalise on their better second-half show, and Brid took their scoring chances when they had them.