Bridlington pick up first league win

Bridlington 23 Old Brodleians 11
Bridlington 23 Old Brodleians 11

Bridlington secured their first win of the season in the league against Old Brodleians, on a rain-soaked pitch, with a constant fine rain throughout the match, making handling very difficult.

The visitors showed their intentions early on, with a successful kick at goal by fly-half Town, after just three minutes. But Bridlington returned the favour just four minutes later, when Stevie Mellonby also kicked a successful penalty, to level the scores.

However, Bridlington kept their momentum going from the restart, forcing the visitors back into their 22, with runs by Auryn Murray and James Thompson.

Good work rate from the forwards earned them another penalty, and again Mellonby was successful with his kick.

Brodleians started the second half as they did the first with an early penalty kick at goal to level the scores.

Then, despite some good phases of play by the home side, the visitors were able to win themselves another penalty in range of the posts, and Town gave them the lead.

Bridlington pressed well from the restart, pushing the visitors backwards, and a scrum just inside the 22, allowed Tom Kemp to release first, Jack Arthur, then Jamie Martin.

Good support play by the forwards gave quick ball to Kemp once more, and he then put a grubber kick through the defence, which was chased well by Oliver Stephenson, who was able to dive on the ball for the first try of the match.

Bridlington continued to pressure, forcing Brodleians’ attacking play backwards.

From a scrum, the ball went loose, enabling Bridlington to hack the ball on. It was chased by Kemp, Martin and Arthur, and the latter was quickest to the ball, diving on it for Bridlington’s second try, again converted by Mellonby.

A good break by the visitors’ backs sent the home side scrambling back to defend, and then from the scrum a free-kick, a well worked set piece, saw them cross the line for a try.

Bridlington marched up field once more, forwards and backs working well together, to get them in range of the line, resulting in a penalty for Mellonby to increase the score with a kick at goal.