Revenge in the rain against Ribblesdale

Ryan Girking scores a try for Bridlington.
Ryan Girking scores a try for Bridlington.

Bridlington avenged their 50-0 defeat earlier in the season, by beating North Ribblesdale in conditions so bad the referee twice had to take the players off the pitch because of torrential rain and driving hail.

The hosts welcomed back stand-off Tom Kemp, for the first time this season following an injury, and a number of other players also returned.

Bridlington knocked the ball on from the kick-off, giving the visitors an attacking platform, but Martin Robinson was able to tackle scrum half Cook as he picked the ball out the back of the scrum. The forwards secured the ball for Kemp to kick through the defensive line, Stevie Mellonby and Ryan Girking gave chase, catching the winger as he picked up the ball in goal, tackling him behind the line for a Ribblesdale drop out.

Bridlington brought the ball back at them, but a penalty allowed Ribblesdale to clear, The visitors continued to attack, but were stopped 10 metres short of the Bridlington line. From here, the home team gained possession, marching up field, with runs by Ezra Luxton, Mickey Edmond and Ntsikayomzi Daka.

A good run by Adam Dixon from a lineout, set play up for the backs once more, and eventually Mellonby kicked a penalty to open the scoring.

The visitors restarted well, making their way up field, the forwards attacking time and again as they pounded the Bridlington defence. Then from a lineout, they caught and drove towards the Bridlington line, winning a penalty which stand-off Steven Moon kicked to level the scores.

The rain began to fall harder as the two teams battled for possession, and after 29 minutes, just as Bridlington were awarded a penalty, the referee ordered the players to take shelter next to the stand, from the driving rain. The players returned to the pitch for the failed penalty attempt by Mellonby.

There were two more phases of play, then again the players retreated as this time driving hail forced them to shelter beneath the stand.

Play resumed with about two minutes left in the first half, but this played in the hands of the visitors, who quickly made ground, but Girking was able to get his hands on the ball, kicking to touch to end the half.

The second half started with the teams kicking back and forth, until the home side kicked into touch for a lineout on Ribblesdale’s 40 metre line. From here Luxton and Daka made driving runs but were stopped 10 metres short of the line.

The visitors defended well, then turned the ball over and kicked long up field, Lee Terewi, caught and ran it back to his 40 metre line, linking with the forwards, Drives by Luxton and Thompson, got the attack going, Robinson released the backs with quick ball, and Girking scampered down the touch line to score an unconverted try, out by the corner flag.

Bridlington were soon on the offensive again, and from a scrum on their 40 metre line, the forwards again took control. Runs by Lee Warley, Luxton and Daka were stopped 10 metres short of the line.

After they had won a scrum, Thompson picked and drove, the ball was quickly recycled for Luxton, but he was stopped short, however a quick pass by Robinson saw Daka drive over for a try, converted by Mellonby.

The two sides battled again for 20 minutes, until they exchanged kicks again, full back Joshua McFarlane started an attack from inside his 22, passing through many hands, until flanker Nathan Dakin crossed the line for a converted try.

Robinson fired a long kick up field from the restart, chased by Jamie Martin. The visitors tried to clear with a kick, but this hit Martin and went into touch for a lineout on the 22.

Ribblesdale kicked to clear from the lineout, but Terewi ran it back at them, and the forwards won a penalty in the last minute of the game, which Mellonby kicked at goal to increase the lead.

Man of the match: James Thompson - shirt sponsored by Jim Evans

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