‘We deserved it’ says coach Cook

Bridlington v Scarborough
Bridlington v Scarborough

Paul Cook enjoyed his first derby day as Bridlington head coach, as his team staged a second-half fightback to beat rivals Scarborough 22-18.

The result made it four wins out of four in Yorkshire One, as the Dukes Park side kept up the pressure on front-runners Bradford and Bingley.

The top two meet this weekend, with Bridlington keen to avenge their Yorkshire Shield defeat in West Yorkshire in August, full of confidence after the derby win.

Cook said: “Saturday was a great, if somewhat stuttering, win. We just wanted to win and it didn’t matter how we did it.

“In the first half we made some very basic errors, probably due to the lads being very worked up. We gifted Scarborough a try and their other try came from slack defending, after a poor clearance kick. We did play some fine attacking rugby though, and Scarborough were under pressure.

“In the second half we calmed down and played some good rugby, controlling phases and scoring two good tries after fine approach work by the forwards.

“We missed a couple of conversions which would have given us a cushion but we deserved the win.

“Afterwards there was great relief, but also satisfaction that we had won despite some silly errors.”