Exiles kept at bay by excellent defence

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BRIDLINGTON Rugby Club played their traditional game against The Exiles on Boxing Day,

The recent poor weather meant that the game had to be moved to the second team pitch, as the first team pitch was still waterlogged.

It had to be marked out on the day, as the lines that were put down on Christmas Eve, had all been washed away.

The pitch was still boggy in places, but that didn’t stop the players’ enthusiasm.

The Exiles team, which is made up of players both past and present, all made their way back to Bridlington for this annual event.

Prior to the game, the players from both sides gathered in the changing rooms for a shot of port, in remembrance, before moving to the pitch to observe a minute’s silence, for players and supporters who had passed away.

As you would expect, the players from both teams got stuck in to the game, with neither side wanting to lose. Bridlington however, had the better performance on the day, despite a great challenge by the Exiles team, who were twice denied a try.

Bridlington opened the scoring with a good run by Regan Stirk, for the first of his two tries.

AJ Burrows got himself two and Gary Heeley also got a try.

The game showed that the Exiles team, although maybe a bit slower than their younger counterparts, still had great ability, making up for their speed with intelligent passages of play, and brute force.

Bridlington had to move with pace to get the most of the ball, as each time play was slowed down, it was the Exiles that got the upper hand.

The referee had to work hard to keep the game going, especially with the great difference in ability between the players, some of whom are playing at national level and others just able to play the game.

He only had to show one yellow card, and had words with quite a few others, but all was taken in good stead.

The final score was a Bridlington quite a lot, Exiles none. Well done to all those who made the effort, whether playing or supporting

Club sponsors: North Bay Caravan Park and Hudson Contract Services

Next week Bridlington are away at Barnsley. The next home match is on January 19 against Dinnington