Yarnbury played host to Bridlington for the first of three pre-season friendlies for the club.The visitors were two divisions above the Horsforth side last season and were unlucky to drop down at the end of the term in to Yorkshire 1.However,it would be a good indication of the progress made by Yarnbury following the change in coaching personel.
Yarnbury swept in to attacking mod in the first session of three in impressive form making several clean breaks in the backs through returning full back Jack Brown showing his pace and George Bowen needing no incentive to show fleet of foot for the back row to break the defensive line.These and several other efforts were held up short by Bridlington scrambling well in defence to hold up the attackers just short of the line whilst their big forwards made good clearence before the impressive scrum half cleared the danger.
Bridlington broke out of defence in 16 mins and 23 minutes to score two tries one converted showing their experience and resilience from the North East League before a dropped restart led to Yarnbury pressure and an Alex Bennett touch down to get a deserved score on the board for the home side.The try going unconverted by stand off Danny Pound.
Yarnbury made a big mistake kicking directly in to touch after a penalty from which Bridlington capitalised with a further converted try.HT ; 5-26
The second half saw Yarnbury take the game to the opponents and tries resulted from George Bowen after a quickly taken penalty then followed by a Joe Pinnick try after a stolen line out both converted by Pound. to reduce the arrears to 19-26.
Bridlington scored at the end of the session under the posts ,converted to make the final score 19-35 after a hard work out for both sides.Credit must go to the Yarnbury pack who were impressive all the sessions with special mention to the front row of Kyle Donworth,Chris Doyle and Lewis Atha ably supported by James Barrett in the second row and back row of Tom Goldthorpe,Tom Warriner and Alex Bennett.
Further frendlies to follow at home to Baildon and away at Bradford Salem.