Rich’s Review

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The views of director of rugby Rich Girking after Bridlington’s Yorkshire Shield defeat at York.

“WE gave several squad players the chance to impress due to injuries or trips out.

“Tom Wilson and Ollie Stevenson came on the wings, Tom Brown came into the centre, Jamie Muru started his first game this season, with Tom Kemp moving to full back, and Will Davies took a place on the bench after a lengthy lay-off with a broken wrist

“Our forwards were only missing Jimmy Thompson who suffered knee ligament damage last week, so Mike Ridsdale took his place with newcomer Auryn Murray coming on to the bench.

“Games against York are always close and tend to throw something unexpected at you, and this game was not to disappoint.

“Early exchanges saw us attack York in all areas and we looked likely to score, but against the run of play York scored two quick tries, both rather fortunate as well. 14-0 down, we also lost Kemp in the process, Davies replaced him and had a good game after a long lay off.

“The response to these setbacks was excellent and we went about getting back into the game. A try and penalty showed our hosts, if we could get enough quick ball we will cause problems for any defence.

“Murray came on for Ridsdale at the start of the second half as did Dixon for Faba, giving us fresh legs and both contributed greatly, but we couldn’t get our noses in front and too many times lost vital lineouts in important areas after periods of good pressure.

“We gave it one last effort and Morgan Kinnaird scored his first try for the club bringing us within five points and the ref indicated time to restart, which is where the usual controversy occured.

“With time on the clock, York kicked the ball out on the full, this should have given us a scrum on halfway, but the ref blew for full time

“I do feel we were the better rugby side, and would have won, but gave ourselves too much to do.

“We must now look to win the the next two league games before the Christmas break.

“We are 15 points away from leaders Driffield but victories against Old Brodleians on Saturday and at home against York the week after will see us close the gap and put pressure on the teams above.

“I strongly believe when at full strength we are a match for anyone and can still challenge for top spot.”