Selby smash Plate dreams

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Strong hearts and sturdy skins were needed to combat the bitter cold wind blowing across the pitch. The conditions and Selby being a big side made for a tough game.

However, Bridlington played some good rugby and, at times, had all the possession, but 10 minutes into the game Selby broke through Bridlington’s hard working defence for the first try of the game.

Bridlington were stopped just short of the line several times but they kept to their task. Excellent passing meant the ball reached Ben Smith who put in a long kick. Jordan McGuire mustered extra speed following up and won the race to touch down.

Smith made a great attempt with the kick, only to see the ball veering in the wind and going just wide of the post.

Coming up to half time Selby went ahead with a second try, not converted. After the break, a little bit of panic set in which saw Selby capitalise.

They scored twice, one try converted, before the final whistle.

Bridlington went through the game with their heads held high and proved they are a top team. Both Bridlington coaches were more than happy with the way the lads played.

Selby are a good set of lads who played some quality rugby and were the better side on the day. Bridlington missed James Houghton for his mopping up abilities, but the front row of Tom Astle, Matty Faulkner and Conor Williamson put in a good performance against the size of the Selby pack.

Bridlington had warmed up for their semi-final with an impressive 31-12 win over Scarborough.

In the first six minutes Jordan McGuire finished a team effort, and minutes later Danny McIntosh went over in the corner.

Further tries arrived from Jarrard Castle and Kyle Turner as Bridlington turned around 26-7 ahead. They had the greater ball possession yet Scarborough kept them out right up to the closing minutes when Conor Williamson added a final try.