A promising start but plenty more work ahead

Bridlington 54 Wath 17
Bridlington 54 Wath 17

Bridlington RUFC’s first run-out of the season ended with a comfortable victory over Wath-upon Dearne.

They were clear winners against their South Yorkshire opponents, but the squad have been told they will need to raise their game before competitive action begins later this month.

Bridlington 54 Wath 17

Bridlington 54 Wath 17

The returning Martin Robinson, who is back at Dukes Park after a spell with Scarborough, was among the try scorers as Bridlington proved too strong for their Yorkshire Two opponents.

Head coach Paul Cook said the friendly had proved to be a useful exercise.

“It was a decent workout,” he said.

“They were a big side, and physical, but we were much more skilful than them.

“We were rusty and far from our best and their is lots to do with our patterns of organisation, but this was exactly what we wanted from a pre-season game.

“It gave our fitness levels a test and we have got some work to do before the Yorkshire Shield game against Heath at the end of August.

“We will be much better prepared by then.”.

The game, which was played over four quarters of 20 minutes, was delayed because Wath were stuck in traffic on the way to the East coast.

Bridlington were able to give game time to 20 members of their squad and try scorers also included Matiu Welch, who landed back in the UK earlier in the week, Stevie Mellonby, Jimmy Thompson and Wiremu Cookson.

Bridlington were always in front, but some slack play in the third quarter allowed Wath to grab a couple of consolation tries.

They will face a tough test this Saturday when North One East side Westoe arrive for a friendly.

“We have lots of work to do this week and I think the lads have had a bit of a wake up,” added Cook.

“We had a successful season last year but we cannot think it will be the same this year without more hard work.

“We played well, there were some encouraging signs but we wull have a better idea of where we are after next week and the Yorkshire Shield game.”

Cook is also working hard to bring in a couple of extra overseas recruits and hopes to have new arrivals available to him before the opening league game of the season, against Old Brodleians on Saturday, September 3.