‘We need to bounce back from Old Brods defeat’

Old Brodleians 10 Bridlington 7
Old Brodleians 10 Bridlington 7

Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking reflects on his side’s 10-7 defeat at Old Broidleians.

“Conditions were atrocious and it is always an awful pitch to play on. It slopes from one end to the other and across the field, which is worth 10 points to Brods, and it was an absolute bog by the second half.

“We played first half up the hill and started well. We had to defend for long periods and did well for 20 minutes camped in our own half. We had chances to clear our lines but a couple of dodgy kicks didn’t make touch and they scored on the stroke of half time, which gave them the momentum.

“They controlled the ball well up the slope in the second half and we didn’t get a great deal of possession, which you have to give them credit for.

“Brods had some good results recently and their confidence was high.

“We spent a lot of time defending again, and tackled really well to keep ourselves in the game, but lacked a bit of belief.

“We did well to only concede one try but couldn’t get into areas of the field where we could sustain any pressure and didn’t look like scoring.

“Our scrummaging slipped up in the second half although the referee didn’t give us any decisions which compounded the pressure we were under.

“We need to get together for some training because we have not had chance to over Christmas and New Year.

“We have to get something out of the Pontefract game this weekend and need a good, positive reaction. It is normally an entertaining game against them, with plenty of scoring.”