Late tries see Brid sign off in style at home

Bridlington v Heath
Bridlington v Heath

Bridlington ended their home campaign with a 32-11 win over Heath, but they only pulled clear of the West Yorkshire side in the final 20 minutes.

In the first half, almost every promising move was ruined by poor handling, inaccurate passing and generally giving the ball away. On the positive side, their set pieces were solid and their defence, at times, ferocious.

Bridlington v Heath

Bridlington v Heath

They managed to finish the first half with a lead of two points, and got their game together in the second half, scoring some excellent tries to take the points.

The first score went to Heath. Following excellent work along the back line, started by Ezra Hinchliffe who released Cameron Ramsden and Si Brown, Callum Harriet-Brown went over for an unconverted try in the corner.

The next period of play was scrappy, neither side being dominant, with the amount of lost ball the major factor, and things were looking worrying for Brid.

Then, with Heath in possession, Brid turned the ball over, and kicked close to the opposition line once again. They stole the consequent lineout and Otis Floyd got over the line with the ball, but the player held up.

Bridlington v Heath

Bridlington v Heath

The play continued to be strewn with errors, exemplified by a good run by Jack Arthur being spoiled by a poor kick which hit an opponent.

However, with 32 minutes gone Brid were awarded a penalty for illegal use of the hands which Arthur duly despatched to bring the score to 5-3.

After the restart, yet another lost ball gave Heath a good attacking position, forcing a penalty which Hinchliffe kicked to extend the lead.

Within minutes, Brid were able to mount their best attack of the game, the ball passing through many pairs of hands to split the Heath defence and a try under the posts for Gary Stevens, which Arthur converted, gave the hosts a half-time lead.

Bridlington v Heath

Bridlington v Heath

The second half saw Heath edging the game, working the ball deep into the Brid half and keeping them trapped in their own 22 area.

Brid then started to look like the team third in the league, working the ball to halfway with more assured handling, gaining a penalty and a lineout on the Heath 22.

A good catch and drive brought a penalty against Heath.

It was quickly tapped and after some smart passing, Ryan Girking scored close to the posts, but the normally solid Arthur failed to convert

After 21 minutes of the second half, Heath were able to narrow the gap to 15-11, Hinchliffe taking advantage of yet another penalty in a very kickable position.

Kicking at goal for Brid became a bit of a nightmare, with several Brid players rotated for penalties and conversions but not much successs.

However, they scored some fabulous tries. Man of the match Jimmy Thompson claimed the ball at a restart, broke the defensive line and offloaded to Matiu Welch, ever present on his shoulder, who outpaced the chasers from halfway to run in a great score and a more comfortable lead of 20-11.

Stevens converted and Brid were now a different team. A superb kick by Welch, high and pinpoint accurate, gave Stevens an unopposed stroll in to increase the lead, as the game came into the last few minutes.

A final try arrived, with Paddy Waines making a powerful run, and with a smart offload to Welch, who made another sprint to the line, knowing that he could outpace the defence.

Bridlington had put in a good last 20 minutes, and had their kicking game matched their ground attack, could have easily scored another dozen points.