Bridlington’s 24-10 defeat at Hullensians had an end-of-season feel to it, according to director of rugby Rich Girking.
He was left frustrated with his side’s lack of urgency and had hoped for more from what is something of a derby game in Yorkshire One.
At half time, I thought we would be alright if we could raise our game by 10%, but it just didn’t develop.Rich Girking
A penalty from Jack Arthur meant the visitors turned around 5-3 down, but they could only manage to add a converted try from Arthur in the second half, while Hullensians enjoyed the benfit of some dubious decisions to add three more scores.
“It was just one of those games where nothing seemed to happen from either side. Everyone just seeme dto be going through the motions.
“At half time, I thought we would be alright if we could raise our game by 10%, but it just didn’t develop.
“We never got committed as a team and it got to the stage where I felt everyone was just waiting for the Yorkshire Shield final, but we have three more games before then.
“It was really disappointing because we didn’t have a go at them. I felt we could have beaten them but nothing much happened.”
Girking was disappointed by the performance of the referee and felt three of Hullensians four tries were contentious.
“They scored three tries from catch and drives, and on another day I think the ref would have cancelled two of them for obstruction,” said Girking..
“Another try they scored came from a scrum 10 yards out which must have moved round 180 degrees, never mind 90.”
He did manage to find some positives from the performance, to take into the final two league games at home to Malton and Norton and away to Middlesbrough.
“Our rucking was better than it has been and that is something we have worked on in recent weeks.
“We managed to stop Hullensians slowing the game down but we just didn’t generate anything with our possession.
“Regarding individuals, 18-year-old Connor Williamson played his first full first team game at loose head and did really well, and Dan Palmer came on at tight head for the last 20 minutes and did well,” added Girking.
While the club enjoyed meeting familiar faces from Hullensians after the match, the coach said the pitch didn’t suit Bridlington’s style.
“It’s a difficult pitch to play on. It’s very small and it’s tough to get anything going. There aren’t many high-scoring games at Springhead Lane.”
Bridlington now turn their attention to this Saturday’s Turnbull Trophy match at Driffield.
“The majority of the team realised after the game that they hadn’t put the effort in, so we have to pick ourselves up for this. Saturday’s performance wasn’t acceptable.
“The Turnbull Trophy is a very serious game which has been played for nearly 50 years in memory of Richard Turnbull, who was a supporter of both clubs.
“We will both turn out our strongest teams because it is such a big game.
“I think Driffield have won two more Trophy games than us, so I am keen to close that gap.
Kick off at Kelleythorpe is at 3pm.