New year gets off to a winning start

Ryan Girking in action against Driffield.
Ryan Girking in action against Driffield.

Bridlington began a make or break month with a hard-fought victory over local rivals Driffield to retain the Turnbull Trophy.

Paddy Waines scored the only try of the game as the Dukes Park outfit began the New Year with a 7-6 win in the annual fixture.

The result should give Paul Cook’s squad confidence as they return to Yorkshire One league action against Yarnbury on Saturday, looking to keep up the pressure on the top two, Bradford & Bingley and Malton and Norton.

Cook said: “The Turnbull Trophy was a good win and a nice result leading into a difficult January for the team.

“The conditions were awful with the pitch being horrendously boggy. Both sides wasted chances with the ball being difficult to handle.

“We scored in the first 20 minutes after moving the ball around several phases but we were guilty of giving far too penalties away. Our discipline at the breakdown was poor but we held on and the lads were really pleased.

“We were glad of the game time as this Saturday will be the same with a very wet pitch making it difficult to play rugby. It is the first game of several big games in January with Bradford & Bingley and Hullensians, as well as Scarborough away, meaning lots of hard work.”