Bridlington RUFC 16
North Ribblesdale 21
BRIDLINGTON were at home to North Ribblesdale on Saturday, the team which ended their winning streak last season, and they did the same again.
On a sunny yet quite cold day, with a good crowd of supporters, Ribblesdale had a poor start to the game when their kick off failed to go 10 metres, giving a scrum on halfway to Bridlington.
But then they were awarded a free kick from the engagement of the scrum, which they took quickly, feeding the backs to attack.
The forwards then secured the ball and attacked the blind side, but they put a foot in touch, giving a lineout to the home side.
A good run by Regan Stirk took him up to the 40 metre line, where Bridlington were awarded a penalty.
They kicked for a lineout just outside Ribblesdale’s 22, but a scrum was awarded as the ball was not straight.
They launched a good attack by kicking ahead, but Stevie Mellonby was able to get to the ball first for a 22 drop out to Brid.
The visitors soon knocked the ball on, and although Sizwe Zondo and Stirk made good runs, Bridlington were stopped 10 metres short of the line.
It was not long before the visitors were able to turn the ball over, allowing the full back to clear his line, up to his 40.
Following a good lineout Bridlington were on the attack again, another good run this time by AJ Burrows set up a good attacking platform,
Mellonby sniped around a ruck feeding inside to Micky Edmond, and Bridlington won a penalty, which Mellonby kicked successfully at goal.
This time Ribblesdale made good from the restart making their way up the park and winning a scrum five metres from the line.
They pushed their way over the line, and were awarded a penalty try as the home side tried to halt the push.
Bridlington found themselves on the back foot from the restart, and despite winning a penalty, they could not get out of their half, until Stirk was able to catch a kick by the visitors which he ran back at them, linking with Gary Stevens, up to their 40.
Ribblesdale were soon back in Bridlington’s 22, but the hosts were again saved by a penalty and began an attack of their own.
They made ground slowly up the park, the forwards picked and drove, and after good runs by Adam Dixon, James Thompson and Morgan Kinnaird, they won a penalty.
A yellow card was shown to the visitors before Mellonby kicked successfully at goal.
The visitors then took a quick restart kick catching Bridlington off guard. Great tackles firstly by Ali Sutton then Zondo, helped the home side scramble back into position, then the backs threw a forward pass.
Burrows collected this and set off up field. With the forwards securing good quick ball they attacked again but this time it was Ribblesdale that intercepted a pass.
As they turned the attack around a wild pass was thrown directly into touch.
From the lineout Bridlington were again on the front foot, getting themselves within 10 metres of the line, where a knock on allowed them to clear their line once again.
A wheeled scrum gave the ball back to the home side, from which a couple of phases were made before Adam Dixon dived beneath the posts for a converted try, putting them back in to the lead.
Bridlington continued to pound the Ribblesdale defence for the rest of the half but there were no further scores.
The home team started the second half well as Ribblesdale knocked the ball on as they tried to gather the kick.
Bridlington drove over the ball, and then released the backs, but it was not long before they too knocked the ball on.
They quickly got possession back and made their way up the field, from a lineout.
Tom Kemp found Stirk with a good pass as he made a diagonal run towards the line, but was stopped 10 metres short. Forwards arrived to secure the ball, but the visitors were able to turn the ball over, but it was Bridlington that were awarded a scrum.
Ribblesdale won possession against the head, and a good run by the number eight started their attack.
Bridlington temporarily got hold of the ball but were penalised for holding on and good running by the visitors saw them score a converted try under the posts, giving them back the lead.
Bridlington wasted no time from the restart, making good progress up field, and good runs by Ryan Girking and Zondo, helped them reach the 22. A high tackle gave them a penalty, which Mellonby again kicked successfully to restore their lead.
Not to be outdone, Ribblesdale immediately responded from their restart kick, having one try disallowed for a foot in touch,.
But they continued their attack, and were successful in scoring another converted try.
The referee allowed a small amount of time following the try before he ended the game.
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This week Bridlington are away at Huddersfield YMCA. The next home game is on October 20 against Wath upon Dearne