First team run in five tries to sink York

York 16 Bridlington 41
York 16 Bridlington 41

Bridlington made it six wins out of seven in Yorkshire One with a comfortable 41-16 win at York.

They are just one point behind second-placed Malton and Norton, with unbeaten Bradford and Bingley four points clear at the top.

Head coach Paul Cook said: “We played very well scoring five tries and playing with pace whilst also showing fine handling skills.

“The York team were big and well organised up front and particularly at the lineout, they put pressure on us.

“The backs, however, got enough ball to display their talents and Gary Stevens, Ryan Girking and Jack Arthur had fine games. The forwards worked well a the breakdown especially Ali Sutton and Dewi Roberts.

“It was a fine team effort, and again our defence was very strong.”

After an early exchange of penalties, the first try of the game came as a result of loose kick by York, caught in his own half by Bridlington centre Ryan Girking who then outpaced the York defence to score an easy try.

A penalty to York reduced the gap but once again Bridlington turned defence into attack, with Paddy Waines running powerfully and offloading to Ali Sutton to score.

A third Bridlington try came from a clever move as they attacked from their own half, dragging the York defence to the left of the field and then kicking to the right wing, where winger Regan Stirk gathered to cross unchallenged.

A further penalty apiece meant Bridlington went into half-time 24-9 up.

Both teams managed a converted try after the break but Bridlington looked to be home and dry, and they capped a great afternoon’s work with another try in the closing stages and a final penalty.

“This week we welcome Old Crossleyans to Dukes Park where we hope to continue our promising start to the season.