Malton and Norton ‘best team in Yorkshire One’

Malton and Norton  v Bridlington
Malton and Norton v Bridlington

Malton and Norton kept up their 100% home record by beating Bridlington 43-0, a display which Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking said was ‘absolutely clinical’.

Girking said: “Malton had some good players and if they keep playing like that, they won’t lose another game this season and will win the league.

“Their coach said to us it was the best they had played this season and they were the best we had played.

“We gave them a couple of tries and had our backs against the wall after that. The plan was to take them on in the forwards and we thought we could compete, but it didn’t work out like that.

“We didn’t get any clean ball from the scrums and always seemed to be in our own half so we never really got a foothold in the game.

“We knew we would have to be disciplined and we defended fairly well, but the three tries they scored in the first half came from mistakes we made under pressure in our own 22.

“When you are playing against one of the best teams in the league, that is a killer.

“I thought that if we could get the first score in the second half, things could change but they came out and attacked us and got two quick tries and after that we just had to show resilience to stop being beaten by a lot more.

“There was not a lot more we could have done. We were not able to move the ball quickly to wide areas and I think we need to become a bit more streetwise.

“We are halfway through the season now and find ourselves in a very similar position to last year.

“We have a run of five or six very winnable games coming up, starting with North Ribblesdale, and we need to pick up as many points as we can.”