Mariners continue title charge with home win

Bridlington Mariners 24 Malton and Norton 7
Bridlington Mariners 24 Malton and Norton 7

Bridlington entertained a Malton and Norton team who play in a Merit League higher than the Mariners and the visitors were given something of a rugby lesson.

In the first period the Mariners were dominant in the forwards notably at scrum time but also in the lineouts with returning Callum Cappleman winning a number of the Malton lineouts.

The Brid defence as always was excellent and forwards ran the ball well at the visitors’ defence, notably captain Tom Brown.

It was a little bit of a surprise therefore that the score remained 0-0 for a long period of the first half.

However, Brown rectified that when he picked up from the base of a scrum, ran blind and surged past a couple of defenders to score in the corner. Scrum half Stevie Mellonby added a great kick.

Brid were not totally having it their own way and Malton responded well to going behind and, having worked the ball deep into the Mariners half, they scored a try. The Malton stand off hit an excellent conversion.

The home side restored their advantage with a well worked move involving both forwards and backs rounded off by full back Taylah Muru-King. Mellonby was unable to add the conversion and the half time score was 12-7.

With the score relatively close, it was imperative that the Mariners started the second period strongly anticipating the visitors to do that very thing.

Malton did and the Mariners worked hard to resist the onslaught but having done so there was only going to be one winner.

Mellonby capped off a good display with an excellent individual try running 50 metres and stepping a few Malton tacklers to race under the posts. His conversion made it 19-7.

With the win secured the forwards put the icing on the cake with a drive over the line second row Arran Baker coming up with the ball.

At the end of the season the Mariners hopefully will reflect on this game and think that this was an excellent win against a strong Malton second team who last year put a number of points past the Mariners at Malton.

Moreover, having won well last week this should be the start of the push to win the Merit League.

Man of the match went to captain Tom Brown.