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York RUFC win Yorkshire One derby at Bridlington
10:39am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
VISITORS York RUFC prevailed in a tough Yorkshire One derby at Bridlington to win 30-24.
York have had many hard-fought battles at Dukes Park over the years and this wasn’t any different, though it was the visitors who made the first inroads.
York’s first score came after seven minutes when a missed touch kick by Bridlington allowed Willem Enslin to crash over. Rich Downey added the conversion.
York’s next try came after 12 minutes when good forward play allowed Kerr to score. The conversion was missed to increase the 12-0 lead.
There would have been more scores but for the fantastic defensive qualities of Bridlington full-back Zondo, who foiled York on three occasions.
A period of Brid pressure brought a York infringement for handling on the floor allowing Brid to add a penalty through Mellonby.
Further simple mistakes by York enabled the homesters to cross through Davies. The conversion cut the lead to two points.
York sprang back for Downey to send over a penalty, and, on 32 minutes good handling in the backs saw Johnson cross, Downey obliging with the kick for 22-10 at half-time.
The second half saw York with the wind at their backs, which should have prompted them to use the wind, play for position and pin Bridlington back.
But for some reason York decided to run the ball from deep at nearly every occasion.
Downey added another penalty and another poor clearance kick by Brid allowed Nicholson to gather the ball and run 30 yards virtually unopposed. The conversion was missed, but a 30-10 lead looked unassailable.
But the next 20 minutes saw a different York team. Whether it was the loss of Kerr through injury or the several tactical substitutions that brought about this disjointed period, is a quandary the coaches will have address.
Bridlington proceeded to score tries after 20 minutes and 31 minutes, both converted by Mellonby, setting up a tense last nine minutes, with York now only six points ahead.
York, however, managed to dig deep and hold off ferocious Brid pressure and should themselves have scored in the dying minutes with Bradshaw being hauled down yards short.
This was in the end a tough test for York, brought about by series of wrong tactical decisions, poor handling and tackling and giving the ball up too easily.
The experience should serve the young York team with a valuable lesson as the need to close games down will become more important as the season progresses.
York’s need to find a ‘general’ to boss the game also continues.
Meanwhile, Selby RUFC were narrow losers, beaten 13-12 by Yorkshire One hosts Doncaster Phoenix.
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