Missed chances are costly as Brid end year on a low

Old Brodleians 17 Bridlington 8
Old Brodleians 17 Bridlington 8

Coach Paul Cook was left to rue missed first half opportunities as Bridlington’s form dip continued with a 17-8 defeat away to Old Brodleians on Saturday.

In a tight contest, full back Jack Arthur struck a post with a long-range penalty and then missed an easier opportunity as Brid played down the slope at the Halifax club’s Woodhead ground.

A golden chance of a try went begging when young scrum half Otis Floyd drifted through the middle but his pass to Gary Heeley, with the try line open, was slightly behind the flanker, who was unable to cling on.

The sides turned round at 3-3, with Arthur’s one successful penalty cancelled out by Oliver Akroyd’s effort for Brods.

Cook said: “It was only 3-3 at half time when we should have been 10 or 12 points up.

“They played better than us after that and we made errors.”

Brid nosed in front through winger Will Davies’s unconverted try in the corner immediately after the break and Cook felt that was a critical point of the game.

“If we had scored again then, I think we would have gone on and won but we let them get their tails up.”

Two converted tries in the final quarter sealed Brid’s fate and condemned them to a third defeat in four league outings.

However, Cook knows his men still have plenty to play for in Yorkshire One after the Christmas break.

“We’re still third and we want to be in the mix at the end of the season.

“But we need to be playing like we were in October. We are better on a dry surface.”

Brid were making their second visit to Calderdale in eight days, following an abortive trip to Heath where the ground eventually became waterlogged and the game was called off an hour before kick off.

The seasiders’ cause was not helped last Saturday when stand off Ollie Stephenson suffered a serious looking shin injury after 15 minutes.

He was carried off by teammates and an ambulance summoned.

Stephenson was standing in for the unavailable Matie Welch at No 10 and Cook said the forced changes had affected Brid’s attacking potential.

Brid were looking to complete a double, having beaten Brods 26-8 at Dukes Park in September.

Arthur’s easy third-minute penalty gave them the lead in gloomy but thankfully dry conditions on Saturday.

The visitors failed to build on that. They were decent at the breakdown, showed good line speed in defence and punched a few holes in Brods down the middle.

However. they showed only glimpses of their good support play and the forwards finished second best. Brods also had the better of territory.

Brods took a couple of scrums against the head in the final quarter and used the driving maul effectively to take the spoils.

Tries from scrum half Dom Georgiou, on 61 minutes, and replacement forward Luke Scrimshaw eight minutes from time, both converted by number eight Akroyd, sealed Brid’s fate and denied them even a losing bonus point.