Bridlington coach thrilled with derby win

Scarborough 11 Bridlington 12
Scarborough 11 Bridlington 12

Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking felt his side deserved the points after an injury time try brought them a 12-11 win at Scarborough.

He said: “I must admit it was brilliant to win at the end. They had no time to come back at us.

“It was a tight game, as the scoreline suggests, but I think we did enough in the last 20 minutes to warrant the extra score.

“The Yorkshire Shield game before Christmas was a better game. This was a war of attrition with people running into each other and seeing who could keep the ball best. The players just wanted to get across the white line and knock the opposition out of the way, rather than planning a way to get around them.

“It was a good old tussle but I accept it wasn’t much of a spectacle for a neutral. But we got stronger as the second half went on, our scrummaging, lineout and ball retention improved.

“We had a couple of opportunities at the end but we got bundled into touch and turned over and they cleared their lines and I thought that was that. But we attacked one more time, and a good bit of play by Gary Stevens opened the door for Will Davies to run in at the corner.

“I know Scarborough had a lot of injuries, but they have a bigger catchment area than us, and they should be beating teams like us. They said so themselves.

“It’s nice to win a local derby but it is all about the four points. We are eight points behind Scarborough now and maybe our next target should be to catch them.

“Good luck to Scarborough in the National Cup this weekend, we know what the final can do for a club’s profile, so I wish them well.”