BRIDLINGTON RUFC: One step closer to Twickenham

Stockton RUFC 15

Bridlington RUFC 38

BRIDLINGTON travelled to Stockton on Saturday for the second leg of the second round of the National Intermediate Cup.

Bridlington entered the match with a 13-point advantage from the home match but they needed to get a good win to secure a home fixture, in the next round.

Stockton came out fighting from the start of the match, putting early points on the board with a penalty by Jeremy Good.

But it was not long before Stevie Mellonby evened the score with a penalty of his own.

Bridlington kept the pressure on the home side, then after 27 minutes Regan Stirk crossed the line for his first of four tries, successfully converted by Mellonby.

Both teams battled for the rest of the first half, with neither able to change the score.

Bridlington started the second half well with two quick tries for Stirk in the first 10 minutes.

Mellonby successfully converted both of these, and he also kicked a penalty seven minutes later, to further increase the score.

Stockton then put some good phases of play together, winger Chris Farrell scoring two tries in two minutes, one of which was converted by Craig Slaughter, as they caught Bridlington napping.

But Mellonby was able to successfully convert another penalty with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Bridlington then soaked up the pressure as Stockton drove for the Bridlington line, before Stirk was able to pick up a loose ball and run almost the full length of the pitch, to score his fourth try with only four minutes left on the clock.

Again Mellonby converted.

Stockton again put pressure on the Bridlington defence, crashing over for a last-minute try, but this was disallowed by the referee, who ended the game shortly after.

Bridlington are due to play Eccles on March 16, in the next round of the competition.

This should now be a home fixture as they had the better points difference from the previous round, but this needs to be confirmed.

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