Zondo double keeps Brid top

Sizwe Zondo on the way to his second try.
Sizwe Zondo on the way to his second try.

Bridlington RUFC 23

Huddersfield YMCA 12

BRIDLINGTON entertained a young in form Huddersfield side who had held Driffield the previous week and were looking to gain revenge for their loss to Bridlington earlier in the season.

Brid started the stronger and were quickly making the most of the conditions pressuring Huddersfield with some excellent back play out of their own 22m.

The visitors were quick to respond however, looking dangerous in attack when they moved the ball wide at pace with the scrambling Brid defence struggling to contain them.

It was the home team that took the lead after a period of increasing pressure led to a penalty which was knocked over by Regan Stirk.

This was soon followed by an excellent try by the always dangerous full back Sizwe Zondo as he finished off a good series of passing by crossing in the corner.

With the extra two points added by Stirk it looked like Brid may be in the mood to run away with the match but full credit to the visitors as they battled their way back into the game through a try by powerful number eight Mark Whitehead which was successfully converted.

Play was moving from end to end with both teams intent on attacking wherever possible although the Huddersfield tactic of utilising their kicking game only played into the hands of the lightning fast Zondo who repeatedly returned the ball with interest.

This remained the story of the first half with the teams going into the break knowing both sides could end up victors.

Bridlington started the second half with a real bang, keeping the ball in hand and attacking the Huddersfield defence with intensity and purpose, this quickly paid dividends when Zondo darted over for his second try of the match, once again converted by Stirk.

A further penalty by Stirk seemed to have pulled Bridlington firmly into an unassailable lead at 20-7 but a total lapse in concentration following some good YMCA pressure led to Whitehead touching down for his second try from a lineout five metres out.

The conversion was missed but this once again raised the tension in the Brid camp, especially as it lifted the visiting team who were now sensing the chance to cause an upset.

Brid however weathered the storm and secured the win with a penalty from Stirk in the dying few minutes.

This was a satisfactory performance that secured the win but Brid know they must play a lot better away to Scarborough next week if they are to remain at the top of the league over Christmas.

Match sponsor: Detech Europe Ltd.

Ball sponsor: Chambers Estate Agents

Club sponsors: North Bay Caravan Park and Hudson Contract Services