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Hornsea 2nds v Bridlington 3rds
Hornsea 2nds v Bridlington 3rds

Bridlington’s third team travelled to Hornsea 2nds, on a high after winning their opening two games in the Merit League.

Again, they were let down by a couple of players at the last minute, coupled with losing players to the second team, and so were left with only three recognised backs, and 15 forwards.

Bridlington were undeterred by this as the game started, but found themselves a try down after three minutes following a scrum. Bridlington came straight back with a strong run by Michael Clayton, wining a penalty as Hornsea’s forwards handled at the ruck.

A good lineout from the penalty was won by Chris Ridley, but as the team darted forward, they were held up just short of the line.

Hornsea were given the chance to clear their lines and it wasn’t long before Hornsea were once more on the scoresheet with another converted try.

Bridlington gathered themselves, putting some good phases of play together, edging up the park, until Ben Lawry saw a gap, and went through to score a try, which was unconverted.

Bridlington continued to keep the home side at bay, and good interplay by the forwards made ground before Matty Taylor as released as they reached the 22, bouncing over the try line as he was tackled, but the referee disallowed the try saying it had been a double movement.

Bridlington then suffered two injuries in as many minutes as Anthony Morrell and Ben Lawry were replaced by Brett George and Andy Kempton, forcing Sam Clare to move to stand-off from number eight to accommodate the forced changes.

Bridlington managed to keep Hornsea at bay for the rest of the first half but the second half saw Hornsea score two very easy tries, as their backs found they had enough pace to run around the aging Bridlington team, to score tries out wide by the flags.

At this point, manager Steve Carl came on for Daniel Kempton, and after another reshuffle of players, Bridlington started to get the upper hand once more, winning scrums, rucks and mauls.

Quick recycled ball by the forwards gave an opening for scrum half Cameron Brown to exploit, and although he was tackled short of the line, driven on by Jai Campbell he scored an unconverted try.

As the game wore on the Bridlington side began to tire, but credit must be given as they had on average 10 or more years on their counterparts, 30 in a couple of cases.

They never let the heads go down, and chased every break by the opposition, but ultimately conceded a number of unanswered tries.