Hosts hold on to win rugby derby

Regan Stirk crosses the line. Picture by Paul Deighton
Regan Stirk crosses the line. Picture by Paul Deighton

BRIDLINGTON RUFC continued their recent hoodoo over neighbours Scarborough with a 23-18 win at Dukes Park on Saturday.

Both teams went into the game with a 100% record in Yorkshire One, but the hosts took an early lead and never looked back.

Director of rugby Rich Girking said: “It certainly wasn’t a classic, with a lot of errors but it was a full-blooded contest.

“I was very pleased with our first 30 minutes which saw us take a 17-0 lead playing some excellent rugby.

“With our defence superb and our attack powerful and varied, one more score and we would have maybe put the game out of Scarborough’s sight.

“But you have to give Scarborough huge credit. They struck back on the stroke of half time and the whole momentum of the game changed.

“Scarborough showed plenty of spirit in the second half but our defence was excellent, especially in midfield, and only a disputed try. where there was more than a hint of a knock on, brought the scores closer.

“It was a game we deserved to win but lost our way after the break showing signs of nerves at times and didn’t stick to our game plan.

“We gave far too many penalties away, which we will have to cut out if we are to win at Dinnington on Saturday.

“As for good perfomances, Stevie Mellonby’s goal kicking was excellent as was Ryan Girking’s midfield defence.

“Man of the match went to Adam Dixon whose scrummaging was much improved and was explosive in the loose.

“Thank you to the large Scarborough contingent for travelling down the coast and supplying us with the usual friendly banter.”