Girking relishes East coast derby clash

Rich Girking (right) is hoping to mastermind another Bridlington win.
Rich Girking (right) is hoping to mastermind another Bridlington win.

Bridlington’s director of rugby Rich Girking is hoping a big derby crowd will spur on his team in Saturday’s clash with neighbours Scarborough.

Both teams have won two and lost two of their first four Yorkshire One matches and lie fourth and fifth in the table.

But while Bridlington have recovered from a bad start and go into the derby on the back of two wins, their rivals have shown the opposite form, losing their two most recent games late in the day.

Girking said: “Scarborough have managed to lose their last two games with the last play of the match. They will be distraught and looking for revenge after a couple of disappointing weeks.

“With derby games, you want to go out there and get the basics right. There will be lots going on on the touchlines so you need people who can forget all that and concentrate on doing the basics properly.

“You can’t go on past form, because that goes out of the window, so the players need to keep themselves focused.

“There is always friendly banter going on but we want the bragging rights.

“This league is so tight that you need to win your home games. If we play like we did when Scarborough came to Dukes Park last year, we will be hard to beat. We want to make Dukes Park a fortress.

“I think there will be a massive crowd which will be great to see.”

Bridlington secured a late win at Pontefract last weekend thanks to two late tries from teenage replacement Otis Floyd and Girking is keen to keep his side’s good run going while adding to Scarborough’s recent disappointments.

“Once you start losing, before you know it, the confidence has gone. Whereas, if you go on a winning run, you can get yourself into the top four.”

Kick off at Dukes Park is at 3pm on Saturday. The clubs’ third teams will also do battle in Bridlington, while the second XVs clash at Scarborough.