Bridlington RUFC finished the North One East season on a high after a run of poor results, earning a 16-13 home win against Malton & Norton.
Malton opened the brighter of the two sides and monopolised possession and territory for the first few exchanges.
After five minutes a series of good pick and drives from the Malton pack had the hosts in trouble when the ball was given to the backs.
Centre Nick Rangiuira drew the defence before throwing a long pass out to wing Ali Fothergill.
From inside 20 metres he has proved unstoppable and such was the case this time as he crossed for the opening try of the game.
Malton attacked again and it took a James Thompson line-out steal to clear Brid lines.
Callam Sanderson was soon in the action and a barnstormer of a run carried on by Josh Thundercliffe earned Brid a penalty to pull it back to 5-3.
Brid had now began to play with pace and good direct running from the impressive Ryan Nepia and Marek Juzl gave Gary Stevens the space to break the line.
Tom Benninger was held short but Malton had infringed and Stevie Mellonby kicked the goal to put the hosts 6-5 ahead on 20 minutes.
From the kick-off Malton won a line-out and rumbled forward, Brid infringed and the visitors regained the lead with a Zweli Sodladla penalty to go 8-6 ahead.
Brid had to defend well as Malton’s powerful centre tried to break through, but skipper Jamie Martin tackled well and with the home scrum looking strong they gaining territory in the visitors’ 22, and from a set line-out move, Sanderson cantered through to score and make it 11-8.
Brid continued to press and Dewi Roberts, Nepia and Mellonby made ground into Malton’s 22 where the visitors gave several penalties away, and eventually the ref sin-binned their prop.
From a good scrum Thompson made ground before Matiu Welch kicked to the corner, the ball looked to be running dead, but the alert Mellonby’s pace deceived the Malton winger and he touched down to give Brid a 16-8 lead.
Malton came back strongly as the game became more open and it took good defence from Sanderson and Benninger to halt their progress.
Brid managed to regain possession, but a loose kick let Malton counter and eventually prop forward Rob Featherstone got his hands on the ball and was credited with the touch down to bring Malton to within three points of their hosts, and Brid had given the visitors the momentum.
Some more average kicking was putting Brid under pressure and they had to rely on stout defence to keep the lead with time running out.
The hosts gained some territory and Malton infringed several times as Brid ran out deserved winners.
The home team’s backs were led well by skipper Martin, and Stevens again was elusive in attack.
Nepia, Floyd and Sanderson again stood out for the Dukes Park club.
Brid’s victory means they finished in a creditable mid-table position.
Their first half of the season was excellent, playing some terrific rugby but unfortunately due to a horrible injury list and some awfully long away trips the second half was very disjointed.