West Leeds 5-15 Bridlington
West Leeds RUFC were back in action following last week’s break. The visitors were in cup action so had no such luxury, writes Glenn Broadbent.
Bridlington arrived unbeaten with six straight wins. In the opening five minutes they held the upper hand and then some frantic play from both sides followed until the hosts broke the deadlock on 18 minutes with an unconverted try. 5-0
Two minutes later Brid hit back with a long range penalty 5-3.
The remaining 20 minutes of the half saw both sides putting everything into a fair and physical contest without reward.
The second half was again an attritional affair with the visitors dominating the play. It wasn’t until the 53rd minute that West’s had anything like a chance with a great break from Captain Neave.
Bridlington put on the pressure and smart use of the interchanges made a difference and a powerful run from Stevens lead to a converted try 5-10.
In added time Stevens was again instrumental in the move which resulted an impressive passing phase before the winning try went over. 5-15.
There will be some bruised and battered bodies after this game but all for the right reasons, a battle between two disciplined sides who offered a fine display of sportsmanship on the field and some sore ears and throats off the pitch after some splendid banter all in the best possible taste.
Bridlington return to the east coast unbeaten and top of Yorkshire Division One and deservedly so.