Bridlington Town hold on to progress in FA Cup

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Silsden AFC 1

Bridlington Town 2

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round

A 2-0 half time lead looked comfortable for Town as they controlled the first half, but after the break they struggled to keep their game going.

After Silsden had pulled one back it was a nail-biting last 10 minutes for the travelling supporters.

Frank Belt was back from holiday and took his place in defence while Tom Lee was preferred to Rikki Paylor.

Silsden suffered a blow before the kick-off when Jack Houlker pulled out through injury with Joe Jalil replacing him and substitute goalkeeper Daniel Thorpe was added to the bench.

The opening stages lacked any excitement as the two sides sparred for an opening without success and when Silsden gained the first corner after five minutes it went straight into the safe hands of Mark Wilberforce.

Joel Sutton put in a good cross from the left but none of his team mates were close enough to take advantage then his next attempted cross was blocked.

The breakthrough came after 14 minutes and it was a nightmare for Silsden goalkeeper Edward Hall. He completely missed his kick when attempting to make a clearance outside of his area leaving Scott Phillips free to chase the ball and put it into an empty net from a narrow angle.

As Town took the game to their hosts Sutton, who had a good first half, hit a shot on the turn across goal and just past the far post.

Hall gathered the ball when it was hit too long then caught a centre from Phillips after Belt had played a pass down the line.

Silsden were allowed to continue although Ash Allanson had been fouled and lay injured. In the ensuing attack they were denied a good shout for a penalty when Chris Wademan went tumbling in the area.

Will Storrie got past Wayne Aziz to go one-on-one with Wilberforce. The visiting goalkeeper, however, made the first of several fine saves by blocking the shot with his legs.

Shortly afterwards the Seasiders doubled their lead when Craig Hogg passed the ball inside for Sutton to finish with a strike from 20 yards in the 37th minute.

Josh McNulty intercepted Belt’s attempted clearance and put in a centre that was caught at full stretch by Wilberforce.

From an Allanson free kick, Hogg missed a chance to give his side a three-goal half time lead by heading wide of the target.

At the start of the second half Paul Wray replaced the injured Craig Hogg but only lasted 10 minutes before he also had to retire. Silsden started the half on the front foot and Fleming’s tackle brought an end to a twisting run from Matthew Moses then a poor back pass by Tom Fleming fell short to leave Storrie and Wademan clear on goal but as Wilberforce narrowed the angle Storrie opted to shoot instead of squaring to Wademan allowing Wilberforce to make another outstanding block.

Minutes later Wilberforce saved from Josh McNulty and was soon in action again, collecting a ball intended for Dale Feather.

Brid substitute Rikki Paylor put an astute ball over the home defence for Sutton but Anthony Young got in a telling tackle to deny him.

Referee Craig Buxton played the advantage, after a foul on McNulty by Belt, but Ben Crabtree’s shot went past Wilberforce’s dive and beyond the far post. Both sides were trying to get the next goal but it was Silsden looking the most likely to score and they managed it nine minutes from time when a centre from McNulty was headed in by Jalil’s substitute Nick McNally.

The home side pushed for the equaliser and the other substitute Michael Rosser had Wilberforce scrambling across his goal to save.

In the final minute Sutton put the ball through for Phillips to chase and as he outstripped Stephen Throup for a clear run on goal he was pulled back by the Silsden skipper who received a straight red card.

Town now travel to face Guisborough Town, the conquerors of Thackley, in the next round at the end of August.