Girking left frustrated after team ‘let themselves down’

York 29 Bridlington 13
York 29 Bridlington 13

Bridlington produced one of their most disappointing displays of the season as they slumped to a 29-13 defeat at York.

Director of rugby Rich Girking admitted the margin of the result should have been more and has urged his team to prove it was a one-off.

Girking said: “They totally dominated the game and we weren’t very good at all.

“You have got to give York credit, they played well. They controlled the play and their forwards and backs were better than ours.

“We missed Jimmy Thompson, who was ill, and he was a big loss. We were flat from the start and conceded an early try when they came through the middle of our ruck.

“To be honest, our rucking was average at best all afternoon. and we hardly won a lineout during the 80 minutes.

Full back George Davies kicked an early penalty for the home side, before number eight Marcus Britland crossed for the try which had Girking disappointed by Bridlington’s efforts to stop it.

Davies stretched York’s lead to 13-0, but Jack Arthur replied with two penalties to reduce the arrears before half time.

But that was as close as Bridlington got. Davies added an unconverted try, and a penalty soon afterwards as York sensed a bonus-point win.

Winger Charlie Nicholson went over to make it 26-6, but Davies struck the post with his conversion attempt.

Dewi Roberts then scored Brid’s only try, converted by Arthur, but Davies rounded off the scoring, by kicking his fourth penalty to make it a personal tally of 19 points.

“We never really got out game going,” added Girking.

“A handful of the lads let themselves down and if they are fortunate enough to still be in the team this Saturday, they will need to raise their game.

“We just didn’t turn up and I don’t know why.

“We only lost by 16 points and were still in the hunt for a losing bonus point until their final try, but we didn’t deserve anything from the game.

“We had trained well during the week, but the warm-up was flat and it just didn’t happen for us.

“The scrums stood up well but everything else was pretty poor.We will have to put it down as a one-off and go to Heath on Saturday and make amends for it. Some of the guys owe us a performance.”