Bridlington fail to get on the scoresheet

Bridlington 0 Heath 14
Bridlington 0 Heath 14

Bridlington failed to score against a side that they were probably expecting to beat, depsite fielding their strongest side so far this season.

Nervous handling by both sides led to a scrappy first few minutes, with the two sides sharing possession. Following an enterprising kick by Bridlington full back Gary Stevens, a quick chase led to him being illegally taken out but the penalty was narrowly missed to the left of the posts by Jack Arthur.

After the restart, play was mainly in the opposition half, with no real attacking chances, until a poor Heath clearance kick gave Bridlington an attacking lineout inside the opposition 22. An infringement by Heath gave Arthur his second chance, but again he was just wide of the left hand post.

Despite their scrum being under pressure, Bridlington had had the better of both territory and possession, and it was into the second quarter before Heath spent some time in the Bridlington half.

Play continued with neither side showing real dominance, until a penalty for handling on the ground at the ruck by Heath, gave Bridlington another chance.

Arthur elected to kick for goal, from a position in the middle of the field but only five metres into the opposition half. The extra effort needed led to him fading the kick well wide.

Heath were now coming more strongly, and with half time approaching and two or three mistakes by Bridlington, they forced a knock-on close to the Bridlington 22, secured the scrum, and with their best pressure so far from their forwards, got over the line for first try of the match, which was converted.

After the break, Bridlington attacked positively, but yet another handling error led to a good clearance by Heath and put Bridlington on the defensive.

This seemed to set the pattern of the second half, where good individual effort was spoiled by minor errors and infringements, upsetting the cohesion of the side as a whole.

The best moment of the match for Bridlington came 10 minutes into the half, when a well judged kick to the right wing gave Will Davies a run which saw his lunge for the line narrowly called in touch.

A crossfield clearance by Stevens was well taken, leading to a period of intense pressure on the Bridlington line.

More pressure by Heath led to disaster, with Bridlington ruled to have prevented a score illegally, and the referee awarding a penalty try.

Perhaps a harsh decision, but the easy conversion made the final score 14-0.