Marauders bounce back

Bridlington Marauders 31 York 4ths 20
Bridlington Marauders 31 York 4ths 20

York 4ths travelled to Bridlington 3rds with only 10 players for a friendly match. Bridlington lent them two players, Adam McTurk and Ben Lawry, and played 12-a-side with two subs available to play for either side.

It was the visitors who were first on the score sheet after only seven minutes with an unconverted try. Bridlington responded when Scott Stevens put Dean Middleton into space and the ball was moved on to Ben Sanderson who was tackled short of the line and penalised for not releasing.

A try-saving tackle by Daniel Kempton kept the visitors out but sustained pressure resulted with another unconverted try.

With time running out in a shortened 30 minute, half good interplay in the Bridlington backs put Matty Stubbs in at the corner flag. The kick was missed.

Lawry then changed shirts with Middleton and re-organised the Bridlington team. Cameron Brown had a good run up the middle of the field which resulted in Stevens scoring under the posts. Sanderson added the two.

Jordan Clarke was next to score after good support play, giving returning centre Brad Taylor an easy conversion for 19-10.

With the Bridlington forwards now dominating the loose play, it was only a matter of time before space was created. This hole was exploited when Sanderson burst through and scored, giving Lawry a simple kick.

York were down but not out and a resurgent effort saw another unconverted try. but with time running out, prop Robin Shepherdson, now playing on the wing, put the result out of York’s reach and although the conversion was missed, the score now stood at 31-15.

York were still not disheartened and crossed the Bridlington line in the dying seconds but the conversion attempt failed.