Following a Saturday away watching the Rugby Union World Cup at Elland Road in Leeds it was back to domestic rugby this weekend with a return to Bradford & Bingley. As those of you who've read this blog for a while will know, ickledot began his rugby photography adventure there three or four seasons ago. Since then he's ventured further afield and taken pictures at many clubs throughout Yorkshire. In the meantime, Bradford & Bingley have had a fairly torrid time, dropping two divisions in as many seasons. They're now in Yorkshire One, coincidentally the same league that West Park Leeds were promoted into last April. It turns out that ickledot has photographed many of the clubs in this division, most recently Old Crossleyans and Malton & Norton.
For the time being at least, the Bees' slide seems to have been halted. They're unbeaten so far this season, sitting at the top of the league. Of course, this could change but the buzz in the clubhouse after the match reflects a new spirit and a positive mood within. On this day the game was against Bridlington. Just a couple of places below B&B, they presented perhaps one of the biggest challenges of the season so far. And so it proved to be. For much of the game the Bees were dominant, particularly in the pack. They scored three push over tries and another run in by Lachlan Moore to be 28-14 in the lead midway through the second half. Bridlington were not done though and they fought back, even having a 'winning' try given and then disallowed. So in the end the Bees felt fortunate to come out with a 34-28 victory.