Expect fireworks as top two clash

Regan Stirk scores last weeken against Heath. Will Brid fans be celebrating again?
Regan Stirk scores last weeken against Heath. Will Brid fans be celebrating again?

BRIDLINGTON and Driffield go head to head on Saturday with much more than East Yorkshire bragging rights at stake.

The rivals are the top two in the Yorkshire One table, and the weekend’s fixture will have a huge bearing on where the league title will end up at the end of the season.

Despite a crucial 30-29 win over third-placed Heath at Dukes Park on Saturday, Bridlington director of rugby Kieran Lawry was unhappy with his side’s performance.

He said: “It’s a fact that if we are so off the boil this Saturday then we will suffer a hammering against league leaders Driffield.

“It has been a number of years since we played our East Yorkshire neighbours in league action so the anticipation for the match is immense.

“Thankfully our away form has improved and with a strong squad to pick from, I fully believe we have the skill and commitment to go there and get a win.

“We have players coming back into the reckoning for selection including Mark Floyd, Gareth Roberts and amazingly Martin Robinson after only a week out with a severely broken finger.

“Such is the buzz and confidence around the club at the moment that everyone is desperate to play and be involved.

“Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves and try and consolidate our position near the top of the table which we have worked so hard for.”

The match at Kelleythorpe will be of special significance for the Cooper family.

Bridlington president Ernie Cooper, who remains the world record holder for the longest penalty kick in rugby - an 81 yard effort back in 1944, will be rooting for an away win.

But his son Tim is president of Driffield, and grandson Ollie plays for the Wolds outfit.

And both Ernie and Tim have represented both clubs in their playing days.