Rich’s Review

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The views of Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking after defeat at Ilkley

“AFTER enjoying a week off to recharge the batteries, we had the pleasure of a long trip to second-placed Ilkley.

“We welcomed back prop Adam Dixon, Stevie Mellonby occupied the wing berth and new prop Zolani Faba took a place on the bench.

“After the early exchanges it was easy to work out there were to be two totally different game plans.

“Ilkley were not going to allow the ball to see the light of day while we were to try and play a fast expansive game.

“This was hampered somewhat by the merry whistle blower’s interpretation of the lineout laws, where he allowed Ilkley to continually pre-lift, and stay there, which seriously affected our game plan.

“Although we won plenty of ball we strugled to get quick ball away into midfield where we thought we could cause the most damage.

“Saying that we still tried to play at pace in the first half, and scored a superb try, and although they replied quickly with their first from a driving maul, we manufactured some good chances, but didn’t take them and Ilkley hit us with a sucker blow against the run of play on half time, from yet another drive maul.

“The second half was very difficulf for us as Ilkley didnt allow us much possession, keeping the ball tight, away from our speedy backs.

“To our credit we tried to move the ball when possible but never won enough ball in the right areas to score the important points, and we must give Ilkley credit for their effective tactics.

“Ilkley scored their third try from another drive maul and it looked like we may come away with nothing which would have been unfair.

“But we dug deep and came back strongly and nearly scored, but the slippy ball came out of skipper Sutton’s hands with the line at his mercy, and we had to rely on the boot of Mellonby to get us a well-deserved bonus point.

“Well done to Morgan Kinnaird for playing the 80 minutes, and Ryan Kerr had his best game this season.

“Massive thanks to Ilkley for their generous hospitality, trying to understand some of our supporters proved a bit tricky on our return journey.

“Our seconds had a super game against a strong Beverley side, and although we lost, skipper Tom Bennett was quick to praise his team for their efforts, saying every one played their hearts out especially Joe Fell.

“Well done guys, after plenty of away games you now have four at home.

“Next week both sides are at home to Knottingley and five points should be manageable, but I’m sure coach Muru won’t be allowing us to be complacent as they beat us at home last year. Please give us your support.”