Bridlington beat their rivals in thrilling derby

Bridlington U17 26 Scarborough U17 10
Bridlington U17 26 Scarborough U17 10

Bridlington and Scarborough U17s were both depleted with each side only able to field 12 players, but still produced to be a hotly contested local derby.

Scarborough capitalised early on, utilising their forwards and scoring an early try past a sleepy Bridlington side. This early set back did not deter the Bridlington side, who fought back quickly and were unlucky not to equalise through a great effort by Matty Woodcock, whose try was disallowed for a double movement.

Bridlington continued to press the Scarborough defence, which was finally rewarded with when winger Daniel McIntosh made a jinking run down the field to score on the stroke of half time, Josh Raynor converted, for Bridlington to go into the break with a deserved 7-5 lead.

In the second half both sides came out strongly, but it was Bridlington who gained the upper hand, scoring a try through Sam Stubbs.

Bridlington began to dominate the game, another good break by McIntosh, who was able to offload to Jem Kutevu, who then raced down the touchline to score in the corner.

Bridlington began to ease off for about 20 minutes, this allowed Scarborough to play some attractive rugby, resulting in them closing the gap with a try of their own.

The game went to and fro with neither team able to keep possession, for a long period, until Scarborough were penalised just inside the Bridlington half, Jared Castle was able to capitalise on this, running in from inside his own half to score the final try of the game, securing victory for Bridlington, with a final score of 26-10.

Bridlington U14/15s hosted Grimsby, their first encounter at junior level for some years.

A hard-fought game from the start made for fantastic viewing, both sides not allowing the wind to destroy their free flowing rugby.

It was Bridlington’s fifth game together, whereas the visitors had much more experience under their belts, however it was Bridlington who went into the break ahead following an outstanding long-range effort from Zak Cole.

Grimsby came out for the second period in determined fashion only to find a hard-tackling, no-nonsense Bridlington defence, which held strong until the final 10 minutes, allowing the more experienced visitors to take the spoils of what was a great advert for open, flowing rugby in difficult conditions.

Man of the match was awarded to Cole for a superb performance in both attack and defence.

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