First-half burst of tries gets Brid back on track

Man of the match PJ Freeman.
Man of the match PJ Freeman.

Bridlington hosted Old Brodleians, who arrived in fourth place in the league table, and expected a heavy onslaught from the visiting team.

This was exactly how they started the game, with heavy early pressure on the side, who were driven backwards with each and every move from the visitors.

Despite an penalty allowing the home side to clear their lines, Brodleians came straight back at them, winning a penalty just inside Bridlington’s 40 metre line, which as successfully kicked at goal by full back Wood.

Bridlington however came back fighting. A long kick off was chased down by the forwards.

Ezra Luxton was able to charge down the clearance kick, following the ball he was able to dive on the ball in goal for the first try of the match, converted by Lee Terewi.

Bridlington kept up the pressure from the restart kick.

A break by Micky Edmond saw him pulled down just inches from the line.

A quick pick and drive by Ryan Kerr, was also stopped short, before Bridlington then gave away a penalty plus an extra 20 metres for arguing with the referee.

A good lineout from the resultant penalty gave Bridlington the upper hand once more and a diagonal run by Luxton, got them close before the referee showed a yellow card to a Brodleians player.

A quick tap saw the home side forwards drive twice at the defence before releasing the backs along the line for Regan Stirk to score out wide by the flag, again converted by Terewi.

The restart kick then bounced into touch as the players believed it was going out anyway, which gave them the ball at the lineout just inside the 22.

A great catch and drive by the team marched Bridlington upfield, aided by Terewi and Stirk who added their weight to the driving maul.

Brodleians soon got momentum themselves as they progressed upfield and they earned a lineout 15 metres from the Bridlington line.

Centre Deacon seized the chance and crashed through the defence for an unconverted try.

Bridlington responded with sustained pressure, edging up the park slowly. Then the forwards began to pick and drive, making a couple of yards each time, tying in the opposite forwards, before Terewi crashed over for a converted try beneath the posts.

Pressure from the visitors followed again, until Luxton was able to turn the ball over at a lineout on Bridlington’s 40 metre line, but this time the backs were forced into touch.

Bridlington kept up the pressure and Ali Sutton made a break through the defence to score another converted try.

The referee ended the half shortly afterwards.

The second half saw Brodleians pound the home defence time and again, which ultimately resulted in a yellow card for a Bridlington player.

From the resulting scrum, Brods’ replacement scrum half was able to snipe around the scrum to dive over for a converted try, which was the only score of the second half.

Both sides battled for the upper hand, with both having chances which weren’t taken.

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