Rich’s Review: ‘Scoreline didn’t reflect our effort’

Martin Robinson in action against Dinnington.
Martin Robinson in action against Dinnington.

The thoughts of Bridlington coach Rich Girking after the 46-5 defeat at Dinnington.

We knew we were going to be up against it at Dinnington, with a lot of changes from the previous week because of injuries and unavailability.

It meant we were a bit disjointed in the backs but I thought we played realy well actually. I don’t think I have been involved in a 40-point defeat where I have thought our lads were outstanding.

The scoreline didn’t reflect the effort we put in and it flattered Dinnington a lot. We never took a backwards step, the forwards were fantastic and the backs tackled everything.

We had a few chances early on which we didn’t take. When you go to a side near the top, you have got to get a good start but we gave them an early try. We spent the next 10 or 15 minutes on their line but didn’t score and against the run of play they scored under the posts.

After 20 minutes we found ourselves 20-0 down and the scores should have been level.

Dinnington were very well organised, and when they got the ball, they kept it very well. We tackled our hearts out but they were always able to find a gap and punish us. Full credit to Dinnington, they deserved to win.

Dinnington said afterwards they knew they had been in a tough game. We did concede seven tries though, and that is too many, so we need to look at that. But the lads will take confidence from how we performed and with the same level of commitment, I am pretty sure we will come away with a result against North Ribblesdale this week.

I have to apologies to Mark Floyd and Steve Manton, for taking half their seconds team.