Late kick condemns Brid to third defeat in a row

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Bridlington RUFC 17

Wath Upon Dearne 20

Yorkshire One

SINCE losing their first match of the season, newcomers Wath have won every game, whereas Bridlington went into the game on a run of two defeats after winning their first five matches.

The weather was on the side of the players, and the pitch was in a very good condition.

The game started with both teams being apprehensive, as they had never played each other previously.

Both teams had some good possession, linking many phases of play and they exchanged penalties to open the scoring.

Wath then got the upper hand as they were able to score a converted try, late in the first half, but Bridlington were again able to claw the score back to within reach with another successful kick at goal by Stevie Mellonby, before the half time whistle.

In the second half Wath continued to spoil the ball as they continually found themselves on the wrong side in the rucks, unseen by the referee

This caused the home players problems, because as hard as they would try, they were never getting the quick ball that they had earned, with many penalties not being given.

Bridlington however did manage to get within striking distance once more, Mellonby again kicked at goal and narrowed the score difference.

The home side were within one point of the visitors, and they began to dominate the game for a while.

Another successful penalty from Mellonby saw them take back the lead. Then from nowhere, following pressure from the visitors, man of the match James Thompson, made a great break down the blind side, and from the halfway line, he tip toed down the touchline and into the 22 of Wath, where he stepped inside to avoid the full back to score a try.

Wath then marched their way up the park from the restart, a couple of unseen forward passes, and they were within striking distance themselves.

A big push from the pack, resulted in a penalty try being awarded.

Despite Bridlington reaching the oppositions 22, on a number of occasions they were unable to increase the scoreline.

Wath however did manage to get close enough to successfully kick at goal to win the match

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