Bridlington win Turnbull Trophy after hammering local rivals

Driffield RUFC v Bridlington RUFC - Turnbull Trophy
Driffield RUFC v Bridlington RUFC - Turnbull Trophy

On a cold day, Bridlington were far too strong for a much changed Driffield side, which consisted of mostly second teamers, in the annual Turnbull Trophy match.

Driffield decided to rest their first-team regulars as vital league matches are due and relegation looms. This was understandable, but the match therefore was very one-sided.

Driffield RUFC v Bridlington RUFC - Turnbull Trophy

Driffield RUFC v Bridlington RUFC - Turnbull Trophy

Bridlington can only play against the side that is put in front of them and they showed they have a very competitive pack and some very lively backs.

For the first 15 minutes Driffield were in the game and attacked mostly in the Bridlington half. The first time Bridlington advanced into Driffield territory they scored via a penalty by Jack Arthur.

From then onwards it was one way traffic and only heroic tackling kept the score within bounds, particularly in the first half.

Bridlington fly half Oliver Stephenson sent two very good kicks towards his wings and both were accepted, the first by Gary Stevens and the second by Will Davies and the tries were converted by full back Arthur with excellent kicks.

He also kicked a penalty to make the half time score 17-3 after Booth had kicked a penalty for Driffield.

The second half was very one sided, as Bridlington monopolised the possession and also were able to play in the Driffield half because of the penalties that were given away.

Bridlington were able to gain possession in all phases. Their lineout worked well and the tight scrums gave good ball going forward. Arthur kicked another penalty and after considerable pressure left wing Davies was on the score board again with a try at the corner converted by Arthur to make it 27-3

At this stage it looked as though Bridlington would completely run away with the game, but good tackling by Driffield and at times poor decisions by Brid, by not moving the ball kept the score within bounds.

Davies and Arthur scored again for Bridlington and Arthur converted one, but with the ball that was available to them, more points should have been taken.

Driffield did have one short period on the attack in Bridlington territory, but this was repulsed and Bridlington were worthy winners of an open game.

When a team is so outplayed, everything seems to go against them. No possession, too much last minute tackling which saps the energy and of course an opposition that gains in confidence.

The tackle count by Driffield must have been enormous, but as tiredness crept in, some were missed and what little possession was gained, it was always on the back foot. Desperate kicks to touch were missed, giving the ball back to the ever eager opposition.

Driffield will have some sore bodies after the game and they did not shirk their responsibilities, but in the end they were no match for a competitive and well-organised Bridlington team.