Depleted Brid beaten by second-placed Dinnington

Dinnington 46 Bridlington 5
Dinnington 46 Bridlington 5

Bridlington were forced to make a number of changes, following last week’s local derby against Scarborough where they lost four players to injuries.

Dinnington attacked the Bridlington defence from the whistle, and Bridlington had to dig in 10 metres from their line, defending well against the onslaught.

The home side released their backs, but this was thwarted by an Ali Sutton tackle. The Dinnington forwards then secured the ball well, and with a rolling maul they crossed the Bridlington line for the first try of the match, converted by stand-off Jonny West.

The visitors were quick to regain themselves, mounting an attack of the own as they marched up the park, and runs by Ezra Luxton and Ntsikayomzi Daka were stopped five metres short of the line.

Dinnington were saved by a knock on, but from the scrum Sutton drove their number eight backwards as he picked up from the base of the scrum, and the home side were forced to kick to touch.

Dinnington escaped as far as Bridlington’s 40 metre line, where Taylah Muru-King put in a good tackle to stop the advance. Jamie Martin made a good run from the breakdown, before Luxton and Daka were again running at the defence, stopped again short of the line.

A penalty was taken quickly by Martin Robinson, but as he darted for the line, he was stopped short, then driven over by the forwards, but held up.

The visitors won penalty after penalty, as they pounded the line, but all to no avail, even after a yellow card was shown to a Dinnington player.

Dinnington managed to escape, following a knock on by the visitors as they attacked the blind side, and after a couple of phases, they were awarded a penalty in range of the posts, which West successfully kicked, to increase their advantage.

The home side played well, and just a few minutes their winger scored another try, but this time the conversion attempt hit the upright.

Bridlington pulled themselves together and mounted another attack from the restart, but a knock-on, unseen by the referee, gave advantage to the home side, as full back Neceedo Pietersen ran through to score a converted try beneath the posts.

Dinnington continued to attack from the restart, prompting a brave Bridlington defensive effort from all players, as the home side pounded the defence.

The Dinnington forwards began to pick and drive and time and again they surged forward, until they eventually found a hole to dive through to score an unconverted try. The referee ended the half following the conversion.

The second half saw an exchange of long kicks, before West was able to put centre Ollie Rodgers through a gap to score a converted try in the second minute of the half.

The next quarter-of-an-hour saw each team make good runs, but neither were able to capitalise. Bridlington made a good attack from inside their 22, moving slowly up the field, until a long pass was intercepted by Pietersen, who ran through for an unconverted try.

The Bridlington side refused to let their heads go down, and for 20 minutes they worked hard, pinning the home side back in their half and it was Dinnington’s turn to dig in to defend their line.

The visitors pounded the line time and again, until Martin Robinson, threw a dummy pass and dived over for a try.

Dinnington had the last attack of the game and Pietersen was again put through a gap but stopped short by Dewi Roberts with a great tackle, but with the forwards close behind him, they recycled the ball quickly for prop John Marshall to score, the referee ended the game following the successful conversion by West.

Bridlington suffered yet more injuries during the game, with three more first team players now added to the injured list.

Man of the match: Jamie Martin - shirt sponsored by Spencers Auction Rooms

Club sponsors: North Bay Caravan Park and Hudson Contract Services

This week Bridlington are at home to North Ribblesdale