Cook keen to get off to a winning start

Bridlington lost at Bradford and Bingley last week.
Bridlington lost at Bradford and Bingley last week.

Bridlington RUFC get their league campaign underway this Saturday, hoping for better luck than in last weekend’s Yorkshire Shield tie.

They conceded a last-minute try to lose 24-23 at Bradford and Bingley, who have dropped down from North One East this season.

Head coach Paul Cook expects to have a full-strength squad to choose from when promoted West Park Leeds arrive at Dukes Park for the Yorkshire One opener.

He said: “Paddy Waines returns and we just have a couple of minor injuries to check on.

“We are very keen to get off to a good start and confidence is high.

“We had chances to beat Bradford and Bingley but I am hoping we can go one better on home soil.”

In their first competitive match since losing the Shield final in May, Bridlington conceded a try to the final play of the game.

Neither side were able to stretch out a decent lead during the 80 minutes, but with try-scorers including James Thompson and Gary Stevens, Bridlington were 23-19 ahead with 10 minutes to go.

However, the Bees were awarded a late penalty and kicked for the corner, knowing only a try was good enough. Bridlington defended a number of rucks well, but the home side eventually went over in the corner.

Head coach Paul Cook said: “It was a disappointing result. Bradford and Bingley are one of the favourites in this league and we played very well. We played more attractive rugby than them, moved the ball well and scored some good tries.

“I think they will be one of the strongest sides in our league and we deserved to beat them. I was pleased with the performance and it was crushing to have the win taken away in the last minute.

“However, there were lots of positives. They had a good understanding of how I am asking them to play and, while Bradford were very direct, I though we were very creative and that performance gives us plenty of encouragement.”