Old Brodleians’ lacklustre 40 left them with too much to do in the second period and with injuries to Gareth Standeven and Dominic Georgiou in the early stages of the game the Woodhead men could not defeat a Bridlington side who gained vital league points in their battle for survival.
Brods started well enough with early pressure being rewarded with a well struck penalty goal from 40 metres by Danny Wood on 10 minutes.
Bridlington, however, came back fighting as a long kick off was chased down by their forwards.
Ezra Luxton, the Brid loose-head prop charged down the attempted clearance and he dived on the loose ball for Brid’s opening try. Lee Terewi , the Brid fly-half, converted to make it 7-3 on 12 minutes.
Brid were growing in confidence and pinned the Woodhead men on their own line, however the visitor’s defence held until the 25th minute when Kivalu was controversially shown a yellow card.
From the resulting tap penalty Brods were not awake to defend out wide where left wing Regan Stirk crossed and it 12-3 after 25 minutes play.
From the restart Brods gained some momentum from a driven maul and from a resulting lineout good ball was won and moved swiftly to Sam Deacon who showed good pace in an arching run to the line.
With the conversion by Wood, Brods were back in the game at 12-10.
However, Brid once more took the initiative and, using the pick and drive to best advantage, took the ball deep into Brods territory.
Lee Terewi took advantage of the gap made in the defensive line and sped through the gap to touch down under the posts and give himself an easy conversion.
Bridlington kept up the pressure and pinned Brods in their own half. The pick and drive was clearly succesfull and it was Ali Sutton, their open-side flanker who took his chance to touch down again under the posts on the stroke of half time. Terewi again converted and at 26-10 Brods had a mountain to climb following probably their worst 40 minutes of the season..
Brods showed some spirit in the second half and pressed the home line time and again. The pressure told when their man of the match Thompson was shown a yellow card for persistent infringements at the ruck.
Brods continued to press, stretching the defenders until Josh Allen, who had taken over the scrum-half role, saw the gap and used great pace to touch down under the posts, Wood converted and it was 26-17 after 25 minutes of the second half.
Brods continued to press, however it was not enough and the Seasiders quite rightly took the spoils.
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Brods will welcome North Ribblesdale on Saturday for what is sure to be another hard fought Yorkshire One clash.
Their visitors started the season well and Brods had a tough encounter up at the picturesque Grove Park Ground in Settle back in September where they emerged with a rare bonus point.
Brods dominated the first half that day, however following several serious injuries to key players were not able to maintain their form over the next 40 minutes and ultimately lost out 18-12.
Coach John Cole, his players and supporters were very disappointed last weekend at Bridlington, especially with their first half performance.
“We must be out of the traps looking to improve dramatically and play for a full 80 minutes if we are to perform to the standard we are capable,” said chairman Richard Turner.