Mariners secure Merit League play-off place

Goole 19 Bridlington Mariners 43
Goole 19 Bridlington Mariners 43

Bridlington Mariners faced a tricky trip to Goole on Saturday in their penultimate league game of the season, needing to secure a win to maintain their position in the top four of the Merit League.

After an initial onslaught by the home side, things settled down for the visitors and on 12 minutes they opened the scoring, as stand off Jamie Muru fired a long pass to wing Scott Stevens who did well to score in the corner.

The visitors stepped up their efforts and their next score was excellent. Taking the ball fully 60 metres up field with both backs and forwards, the ball ended up with centre Jamie Martin, who showed great strength and determination to force his way out of three tackles to cross the line. Stevie Mellonby was more accurate with his conversion this time and Brid led 12-0.

It was clear that given some possession the Goole forwards liked to run the ball at the Brid pack and they were able to force their way over. Within minutes however, Brid had restored their 10-point lead through a piece of class from Muru, who sold a dummy and ghosted over for a brilliant solo effort under the sticks.

With the half coming to a close, the home side got their act together for the second time and again through forward pressure added a second converted try for 19-14.

Brid ended the half with a final flourish as the forwards ran the ball at the Goole defence and more good rucking got them over the line for captain Mark Floyd to add his name to the scoresheet. Mellonby added the conversion.

In the first 10 minutes of the second period Brid worked hard to re-establish a strangle hold on the home side and again great work by the pack got the Mariners back on the scoresheet, hooker Ben Lawry coming up with the ball and the try at the bottom of a big pile-up. Goole the nhad their best period of the game taking the play to the Mariners. Indeed they might have had a score when their full back raced 40 metres to get over the line. He looked to have scored but for a timely intervention by full back Taylah Muru-King who managed to dislodge the ball and stop a certain score.

Ten minutes later though the pressure the home side created did pay off and they added to their score with a try in the corner.

Having soaked up the Goole pressure Brid stepped up their efforts and Josh Symonds got on the end of a flowing move to score in the corner, having minutes earlier gone close with a typical strong run.

Then wing Matty Taylor finished off what could be argued to be the best try of the match for the Mariners when the ball was moved 40 metres and through several pairs of hands. Mellenby’s easy conversion capped a fine game and a 43-19 win.