Bridlington hang on against Hullensians

Bridlington 13 Hullensians 10
Bridlington 13 Hullensians 10

Bridlington just edged a game where each side had times of pressure and chances.

On a gloomy afternoon, for the first 10 minutes, honours were about even, with set pieces going with the head and infringements and penalties on both sides, with no real chances going either way.

After an opposition knock forward, a good scrum followed by a good kick to the left wing, a favourite Bridlington ploy, led to a promising attack brought back for a forward pass.

Play continued and an exchange of kicks by the full backs led to another Bridlington attack and yet another pass ruled forward. Soon after, a promising Bridlington flurry down the left wing was just touched down by a Hullensian hand, the only real chance for either side in the first 20 minutes.

After the restart Bridlington held the ball through several phases, and after Hullensians regained the ball and knocked on, Will Davies appeared to be clear with the line at his mercy, but was ruled offside.

The game then swung slightly into Hullensians’ favour, with them spending time in the Bridlington half, gaining a penalty in a kickable position but choosing to go for touch. A penalty to Bridlington at the lineout, which was deep in their 22, led to a superb clearing kick into the opposition half from a very narrow angle.

A penalty to Bridlington for a hand on the ground after the lineout gave Jack Arthur a chance at goal which he put narrowly wide.

Another penalty for a second infringement gave him a second shot within two minutes, which he gladly accepted to give Bridlington a 3-0 lead on the half hour.

In the remaining 10 minutes of the half, play was about even, with a lot of time in the middle of the field. After a Bridlington offside, a kickable penalty was put short and wide, which was a bit of a let off.

However, the half finished with strong pressure close to the Bridlington line, and a last ditch knock on which might have saved an opposition score.

By now the pitch was cut up, it was becoming colder and the ball increasingly slippery.

The kick off led to some scrappy play by both sides in the difficult conditions, until five minutes into the half when a strong maul by Bridlington was adjudged to have been illegally brought down, and Arthur made no mistake with the kick to increase Bridlington’s lead to 6-0.

After the restart, a newly energised Bridlington put the ball through several sets of hands, both forwards and backs, enabling Ali Sutton to score a good try in the right hand corner, their best work so far.

Arthur’s brilliant conversion from close to the touchline was the icing on the cake.

Hullensians responded with good work in the Bridlington half, getting closer to the goal line, and Ntsikayomzi Daka’s over-enthusiasm at the ruck led to him being penalised and yellow carded. Success with the kick brought Hullensians back to 13-3, with plenty of time to go.

As the game went into its final quarter, once again the teams were about even for several minutes, with Bridlington coping well a man down, until Daka came back on.

Then it was Hullensians’ turn to have a player yellow-carded, with about 10 minutes to go, before disaster for Bridlington. After a charge down, a kick through, and a chase, with all the Bridlington players forward, the simplest of tries under the posts and an easy conversion brought the opposition to 13-10.

The final few minutes saw Bridlington defending furiously, with much play in the danger zone, so it was to the relief of home players and supporters when the referee ended the game on this score.