Turnbull Trophy is an eight-try thriller

Report and picture by Andrew Kempton
Report and picture by Andrew Kempton

A large crowd enjoyed eight tries in a typically hard-fought derby as Bridlington played Driffield in the annual Turnbull Trophy.

Bridlington enjoyed some good possession at the start of the match as they edged their way towards the Driffield line, but a timely interception saw McGill run almost the entire length of the pitch to score a try, converted by Murray.

The home side responded well, putting phases together as they progressed up the field, resulting in Stevie Mellonby scoring a try out wide by the corner flag, and he converted his own try.

Bridlington continued pressuring Driffield, winning two penalties in range of the posts, but unfortunately both attempts went wide.

They continued to hold the advantage and a good move from a scrum by the backs sent Ryan Kerr off down the touchline. An inside pass found Gary Heeley, who strolled in from 10 metres out to score the second converted try.

Driffield then gathered themselves, stringing phases together at last, and moved up the park. From a scrum, they released the backs and with an overlap, winger Pratt was put through to score a try out wide, although the conversion attempt went wide.

Driffield kept the momentum going from the restart. A try-saving tackle by Kerr only seemed to delay the inevitable, and with the Driffield pack winning good ball for the backs once more, Rafter scored a try beneath the posts, for an easy conversion, just before the half time break.

Driffield continued the second half as they finished the first, with prolonged pressure as they won phase after phase.

A short stoppage for an injury, they were soon attacking again, and Rafter was able to scramble over for yet another converted try.

Bridlington picked their game up a level, progressing quickly upfield, the forwards picking and driving forward phase after phase, until Driffield managed to slow the ball down, but in doing so were penalised with a yellow card.

Bridlington kept the ball in the forwards again, picking and driving at their opposition, the ball was eventually released to the backs, for Kerr to score a try, with three defenders hanging off him as he crossed the line.

Bridlington then had to endure a long spell defending, Driffield again got the upper hand and Murray edged them further ahead with a penalty to make it 29-19.

The final minutes of the game saw new vigour in the Bridlington side, as they spent what seemed like 10 minutes camped out in the Driffield 22, as they pounded the defence time and again.

The pressure finally paid off, when Martin Robinson sniped down the side of a ruck, but was stopped just short of the line. Quick thinking saw Ryan Girking pick up the ball, and driven on by the pack, he was pushed over for an unconverted try.

But with little time on the clock, Driffield were able to keep hold of the ball, until the referee ended the game.