Scarborough RUFC edged out by Brid in thriller

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Scarborough squandered a 15-9 half-time lead to suffer their first defeat of the season, losing 22-18 to Bridlington following close-fought thriller at Dukes Park.

An early exchange of penalties between fly-half Tom Harrison for the visitors and wing Jack Arthur for Bridlington saw early honours shared at 3-3 before a further Arthur kick nudged the home side 6-3 ahead.

Scarborough's Tom Ratcliffe takes the ball forward in the 22-18 defeat at Bridlington

Scarborough's Tom Ratcliffe takes the ball forward in the 22-18 defeat at Bridlington

The lead was short-lived and a try from centre Craig Farrell in the 20th minute grabbed the lead for the visitors at 8-6.

Full-back Oliver Stephenson kicked Bridlington ahead with a penalty but Harrison opened a gap between the sides with a try and conversion for a 15-9 half-time lead.

Tries early in the second half by right wing Stephens and centre Martin saw Bridlington lead 19-15.

Harrison cut the lead to a single point with a penalty on the hour after which both sides had opportunities to win the match.

Following a full-blooded final quarter, the game was settled by an injury-time penalty from Jack Arthur and Bridlington survived a few scares to hold on for a 22-18 win.

FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS