Marauders are dominant in first 40 minutes

Bridlington 3rds 43 Selby 5ths 0
Bridlington 3rds 43 Selby 5ths 0

Bridlington 3rds hosted Selby 5ths on Saturday and were boosted by having 10 substitutes available.

From the kick-­off, Selby spilled the ball and it was fielded by Tom Hodgson. He broke through the defence, passed to Tom Benninger,who drew the full ­back and gave the ball inside to Matty Taylor to score. The conversion was missed.

Soon afterwards, the Marauders were pressing the visitors again. The forwards drove the ball on and with a short pass from Jamie Muru, Tom Willson shot under the posts.

Kicking the conversion, Willson made it 12-0.

Brid made several changes to their line-­up which slowed down the relentless attacking and it took another 10 minutes before they started to gel again.

The backs started to get some quality ball and this resulted in an unconverted try by Tom Thirlwell.

Directly from the re­start, the ball was caught and passed to Benninger. He set off on one of his typically mazy runs, breaking at least 10 tackles to score. Willson again converted.

With the elements being in favour of the home side, they made use of the wind and kicked deep. Selby had to turn and chase, but were no match for Matty Faulkener who was first to the ball, gathered and scored.

Willson added the extras to stretch the lead to 31-0.

Half ­time was looming and Selby tried to shut up shop. Unfortunately, some indiscipline in the pack gave Brid a penalty.

Willson took a quick tap and broke the line. He took on the centres and wing and gave the final pass to Jared Castle who sprinted clear to score near the posts.

Josh Bowles added the two points to end the half at 38-0.

Again, major changes were made and Brid also realised how much the elements had affected Selby in the first period.

The new half saw Bridlington attacking again but good defence and the strong wind kept the score sheet clean.

The only score of the second period came after break by Benninger, which put Faulkner clear.

Never say die attitude by the visitors was good to see but ultimately all the damage had been done in the first 40 minutes. Bridlington’s man ­of ­the mMatch went to Ben Dean, who tackled hard, broke defensive lines and supported well throughout the game.