Bridlington Town Academy 4
Viking Raiders 3
East Riding County League Senior Cup Final
BRIDLINGTON Town Academy lifted their first piece of silverware at Queensgate on Saturday thus emulating their seniors who had been successful 10 days earlier at the KC Stadium.
Goole-based Viking Raiders finished third bottom in the Premier Division while Town had aspirations of taking the Division One title.
The Academy had already taken the scalps of three other Premier Division sides in earlier rounds and were confident of adding another to their collection in front of over 100 spectators.
Bridlington started well and after only two minutes Barry Tye brought out a fingertip save from Mark Hall. Jon Richardson and Ash Robinson had both missed the target by the time the first goal arrived on 18 minutes.
Raiders failed to deal with a corner and James Webb benefited by heading in from close range.
The Academy continued to press and four minutes later Tye found Josh Christlow free in the area and the skipper duly obliged by doubling the lead.
A few minutes later Robinson also had a chance when he found space inside the penalty area but his effort went narrowly wide.
After 36 minutes man of the match contender Levi Fox tricked his way past three defenders before despatching the ball from 18 yards with the outside of his right foot over a bemused Hall to score the goal of the game
Tom Bryan had a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears but only managed to hit Scott Cooper with his effort then Hall made a good block from Christlow.
Viking started better in the second half and pushed Town back but nine minutes in Ash Robinson finished off a good move with Christlow to score with a left foot shot.
Webb was called on to make a goal line clearance as the Raiders hit back then Hall saved a low shot from distance by Louis Gregory down by the post.
Ben Earl screwed a chance over the bar but after 67 minutes he made amends by clawing a goal back after a mix-up in the Town defence.
Both sides made substitutions but it was the Raiders who continued to push forward and Cooper made a good save while Ben Spillman clipped the crossbar.
Faulkner, who also had an outstanding game, had a shot well saved after moving forward and Sim Sharphouse blocked Darren Rookes follow-up effort.
With 10 minutes remaining substitute Brad Bryan further reduced the arrears following more mistakes in the Town defence.
Viking sensed they had a chance and, after an off the ball incident involving Bryan went unpunished, Cooper made an important stop from Craig Whiteley while Ash Lattimore was only inches wide with his attempt.
Rookes had caused the Raiders defence problems with his speed and never-say-die attitude and after breaking down the left he cut in to hit a swerving shot that was well parried by Hall.
The game was entering time added on when the defence left a long ball into the Town area and Ben Spillman nipped in to score thus causing a few anxious moments as his side went in vain after an equaliser.
Academy: Scott Cooper, Jake Hanson, James Faulkner (Danny Bemrose), James Webb, Ryan Tranmer (Darren Rookes), Josh Christlow (c), Barry Tye, Louis Gregory (Jonathan Morritt), Jon Richardson, Ash Robinson.
Referee: Dave Marley