ALREADY-relegated YMCA ended a highly disappointing Yorkshire I campaign with a creditable 22-22 draw against Bridlington at Laund Hill.
On a day when the many of the club’s Twickenham heroes met for 10-years-on reunion, the current first team produced one of their best displays of the season.
No8 Neil Walker was the only member of the 1998 Tetley’s Bitter Vase-winning team on duty as caretaker coach Mark Eastwood quipped: “We could have done with the fixtures starting now!”
Stand-off James Swift and centre Gareth Greenwood scored the first of their side’s four tries in the first half, but Bridlington looked set to take the points when they led 22-12.
However YM, who had buckled badly in their previous two outings, dug deep and winger Gary Taylor brought it back to a one-score game as he crossed.
Then, with the final whistle close, substitute Gavin Stead went under the sticks to level the scores, only for Swift to miss the conversion which would have given YM a rare victory.
Eastwood however, was pleased with the performance adding: “A draw was probably right.
“Unfortunately we gave away an interception try just before half-time, which cost us seven points, and probably cost us the game.”
Having suffered relegation, Laund Hill officials must now plan for next season’s Yorkshire II campaign.
Their opponents will include Leodiensians, who avoided the drop to Yorkshire III with a final-day 32-12 win over relegated West Park Leeds, as well as Wheatley Hills, Pocklington, North Ribblesdale and Dinnington..
YMCA: Belton; Scanlon, Greenwood, Terry, Taylor; Swift, Wilson; Dobson, Dalton, Gregson, Hellawell, Whitehead, Nyahoda, Wulf, Walker. Subs: Stead, Housley, Eastwood.