Dream debut for teenager Wollerton

Bridlington 34 Pontefract 27 - Regan Stirk scores a try.
Bridlington 34 Pontefract 27 - Regan Stirk scores a try.

Teenage winger Ben Wollerton enjoyed a dream debut as Bridlington rounded off their Yorkshire One season with a win against relegation-threatened Pontefract.

Having only played a couple of senior games for the second XV, he was undaunted by stepping up to the firsts and grabbed two tries as the hosts raced into an early lead.

Bridlington were quickly 15-0 ahead, scoring three tries in the first quarter-of-an-hour.

Wollerton opened his account by finishing a good move, before Lee Terewi attacked from a lineout to double the advantage.

Pontefract looked to reply and marched up to Brid’s 22, only for a loose ball to be presented to Regan Stirk’s hands and he sprinted 50 yards to touch down. But with no recognised kicker in their ranks, all three tries went unconverted and Pontefract were able to get back into the game with a converted try of their own.

Wollerton scored his second try, but the visitors hit back twice before half time and Bridlington went in only 20-19 ahead.

Gary Healey scored a try, and successfully took over kicking duties, to stretch the lead to eight points, but needing a positive result to get rid of the feint threat of relegation, Pontefract refused to lie down.

They drew level midway through the second period, and seemed to have the momentum to go on and finally quell their nerves.

But Ryan Girking scored the final try of the game, enabling Bridlington to sign off their season in winning style.