YMCA entertained Bridlington in this weeks North 1 East fixture having been beaten by the seasiders in their first meeting earlier in the season.
Since that first encounter fortunes have fluctuated leaving the YM 3rd from top and Brid 3rd from the bottom of what has turned out to be a very competitive league.
As so often this season the YM were to find that their somewhat lofty status in the league only spurs lower placed teams on to greater effort and in the knowledge that they had already defeated the YM, Brid were clearly of the opinion that they could do it again.
Right from the start the visitors took the game to the YM, camping out in their 22 and battering away at the defence in an effort to get the first score on the board. They retained possession well and it was some time before the YM managed to get their hands on the ball only to lose it in the first collision twice in succession thereby handing even more possession to the visitors.
After 10 minutes in almost continuous possession Brid finally took advantage of the YM’s indiscipline at the ruck when centre Harvey Towse slotted over a penalty from near to the posts. 0-3
This seemed to spark the YM into life and they began to take the game to the visitors with good solid work by the forwards taking on the defence in the middle of the field. When thrown out to the backs the YM looked dangerous with Stead and Van Rooyen causing problems. However the Brid defence was dogged and no clear breakthrough was made for quite some time as both sets of forwards slogged it out in midfield.
Finally after almost 35 minutes the YM were rewarded for their efforts. Again good solid work among the forwards saw the ball well won and taken on by Stead, who in turn linked in with the supporting Sam Hodge. With only a hint of a gap Hodge drew the cover and gave a neat pass to Tom Clough who was outside him, leaving the winger to show a turn of speed to outpace the remnants of the defence and get over the line for a YM try. The touchline conversion was too much for Stead on this occasion. 5-3
Both sides then continued to try and add to their scores but neither was successful
Half time 5-3
The second half resumed very much like the first had started with the seasiders pressing strongly. Solid defence from the YM kept them out and eventually play was brought back into midfield where both sides continued to probe for weaknesses in the opposition.
Bridlington indiscipline was starting to show and when the YM were awarded a penalty on their own 10 metre line, the quick thinking Joah Bradley took a quick tap and gave the pass out to Clough who charged through the line at breakneck speed in what was clearly a well rehearsed move. Cloughs pace was enough to take him clear of the first line of defence and then he proceed to outstrip all the other would be defenders as he raced more than half the length of the field to score. Once again Steads conversion was adrift. 10-3
Bridlington came back and had the best of the possession again forcing the YM back onto the defensive. This time it was the home sides discipline that was found wanting as they gave away a number of penalties which gave the visitors the opportunity to benefit, when their flanker Sanderson managed to crash over from close range. Towse added the extras and it was all square at 10-10
Almost from the restart Stead got the YM’s noses in front once again with a penalty from under the posts when Brid had been caught offside at the ruck 13-10
With time ticking away the YM started to get into their stride and strong running from the backs starting to put dents in the Brid defence. Combined with a continued effort from the forwards the YM got themselves close to the Brid line at which point Joah Bradley came off the back of the ruck and jinked inside his opposite number into space, to get the YM on the scoreboard once again. This time Stead added the extra giving the YM a bit of breathing space 20-10
The final whistle seemed a long time coming and to their credit the visitors did not give up on the game as once again they force the issue pushing the YM back into defence mode. They were rewarded when a forward surge saw them cross the line to claim a try which once again Towse converted. 20-17
The last couple of minutes were played out in midfield leaving the referee to call time on proceedings with the score set at 20-17
Full time 20-17
Not the YM’s best performance by a long chalk but credit to Brid who were determined to make a game of it. Sometimes winning ugly is the only way and that about sums up this particular YM victory.
Team: Burnett, Tetley, Van Rooyen, Stead, Clough, Bull, Bradley, Barrett, Hill, Scholes, Housley, Black, Tindall, Garside, Hodge
Interchange: Slater, Davison, Bulloch. (All used
|26/01/2019||2:15 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Laund Hill Stadium|
|33 Hadrian\'s Cl, Huddersfield HD3 3XZ, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||20|
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC