RICH’S REVIEW: Keighley v Bridlington

Adam Dixon scores a try at Keighley.
Adam Dixon scores a try at Keighley.

The thoughts of Bridlington RUFC coach Rich Girking after the win at Keighley last weekend.

We didn’t play particularly well, but did what we had to. They are fighting for survival and we knew what to expect.

“Our plan was to move them around the park but it didn’t come to much. We wanted to tire their big forwards out but we couldn’t work out the referee’s interpretations of the rules so it became a stop-start type of game.

“We fell foul of it and our discipline went a bit because we were frustrated. Our scrum was under pressure and our lineout didn’t work very well.

“It was a long trip to Keighley and it is a big pitch. Even though it wasn’t muddy, it was heqavy and our lads were very tired.

“We had to do a lot of defending in the first 20 minutes, and we did it quite well, but we had to make a few changes after 25 minutes. Regan Stirk came on and with his first touch ran 60 metres for a try.

“A few minutes later he ran another 60 yards and set up another try but then we took our foot off the gas a bit and they got back into the game.

“We sat back at 12-3 and allowed Keighley to come back at us.

“It was the type of game which we would have lost in the past but we showed a lot of guts.

“We go above North Ribblesdale now and are only two points behind Scarborough. Heath won again so we have a big game against them this weekend and we will have to play much better than we did last Saturday.

“Heath are starting to find a bit of form and are scoring points so it should be a very good game to watch.