Heath 28 Bridlington 15
BRIDLINGTON had to endure their second long journey in as many weeks this time to Heath.
The heavens opened as they neared their destination, miraculously stopping just as they arrived, but there were more black clouds on the horizon, threatening to arrive at any time.
Bridlington kicked off the match, but it wasn’t long before they found themselves behind, when Heath’s Ben Mitchell was given enough room to score an unconverted try out by the corner flag.
Bridlington put some good phases together, and then following a kick through the defence by Stevie Mellonby, Regan Stirk chased well, putting pressure on the receiving player, who picked up the ball in goal, instead of touching it down.
This allowed Stirk to force him into touch for a five metre scrum. Heath however, managed to win the lineout, and make their way up the park.
Good runs by the flanker and second row, saw them score another unconverted try through Ian Downsborough, despite a good tackle by Gareth Roberts.
Again from the restart, Heath attacked the Bridlington defence, winning themselves a penalty, just outside Bridlington’s 22 metre line. which Mitchell successfully kicked at goal.
Bridlington then started to put some phases together, following a penalty on the halfway line, as they progressed up the park towards the Heath try line.
Following a successful five metre lineout, Adam Dixon was stopped just a metre short of the try line.
Good work followed by the forwards, but for no reward, as Heath was awarded a penalty to clear their line.
Bridlington however, kept play in Heath’s half, of the pitch for a considerable time, and the pressure told, as Bridlington were awarded a penalty in range of the posts, which Stirk kicked successfully to put Bridlington on the scoreboard.
Heath then put pressure on the visitors marching quickly up the field, but as they reached the 22 metre line, they were awarded a penalty, which Mitchell gratefully kicked at goal to extend their lead.
Both teams then started to put good phases of play together, but neither were able to turn possession into points and the score at the break was 16-3 in favour of Heath
Bridlington were pressurised early in the half, being forced to kick to touch for a lineout 10 metres from their try line.
Heath won the lineout, attacking through the prop who bashed his way through the defence, and was stopped just five metres from the try line.
Good recycling from the forwards, as they picked up from the base of the ruck, led to Chris Moore driving over the try line for another unconverted try.
Bridlington made a change at scrum half, bringing on Martin Robinson, returning after a lengthy absence.
This seemed to have a good effect on the players and the visitors dug their heels in, and started to change the game around.
The forwards were winning more ball for the backs, who in turn found more gaps in the defence. The forwards set up a good platform, five metres from the Heath try line, good handling by the backs, a wide pass to Regan Stirk, and he was over for an unconverted try.
Bridlington again found themselves defending hard as Heath moved ever nearer their try line.
Heath kicked a high ball in to the Bridlington 22, but Sizwe Zondo, was able to call for the mark. This was taken quickly, passing to AJ Burrows to run the ball out.
Roberts, Sutton and then Burrows made great runs, but Burrows was stopped as he reached Heath’s 22 metre line.
The forwards arrived, to recycle the ball, but Heath were there quicker, managing to turn the ball over, kicking up the park to clear their lines.
Zondo was tackled, after the ball bounced off his shoulder, a penalty for a late tackle should have been awarded, but the referee allowed play to continue, which saw Heath run in a converted try from Richard Armstrong.
Bridlington had not given up yet, following the restart kick Heath’s full back kicked the ball back, straight to the waiting Stirk on his 22 metre line, passing in field to Zondo, who made an exceptional run back to Heath’s own 22 metre line.
The forwards again set up a good attacking platform, Bridlington attacked, time and again, using both backs and forwards trying to punch a hole through the defence, eventually Robinson saw a gap and put Sizwe Zondo through to score a converted try.
Heath had the final word as they made their way up the park from the restart, but time finally run out for Bridlington, camped out on their 22 metre line, unable to win back the ball, the game ended when Heath kicked the ball to touch as they were awarded a penalty.
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This week Bridlington are at home to Driffield