Chambers hat-trick cuts down Blades youngsters

Bridlington Town 4 Sheffield United Academy 2
Bridlington Town 4 Sheffield United Academy 2

New signing Danny Chambers endeared himself to Bridlington Town supporters with a hat-trick as they beat Sheffield United Academy 4-2.

The striker was causing problems as early as the fifth minute, forcing defender James Yardley to pull him back as he was clean through on goal.

In a league match, it was undoubtedly a red card for the young Blade, but referee Steve Wade sensibly decided to keep the contest 11-a-side.

Andy Norfolk almost added punishment from the free kick but his shot was pushed around the post by keeper Jordan Greaver.

Town opened the scoring on 17 minutes. A right wing cross found Alex Knaggs at the back post and although his header was saved, Chambers poked the rebound home from close range.

He doubled his tally 11 minutes later, latching on to a long ball and confidently beating the keeper.

But two mistakes at the back allowed the Division One side’s youngsters a way back into the game.

Centre back Thomas Cropper was allowed a free header six yards out to convert a corner and bring the score back to 2-1.

Just before half-time, skipper for the night Ryan Nicholls left a back-pass short, and Blades captain Harry Mitchell nipped in and passed to Thiago Bravo who side-footed into an empty net.

In between the goals, Town keeper Nick Baxter had done well to dive at the feet of Bravo, following another loose pass along the Seasiders’ back line.

Bravo could have given the visitors the lead after the break after more sloppiness by Bridlington too close to their own goal, but his chip over second half goalkeeper James Hitchcock clipped the outside of the post.

Instead, it was Town who went ahead midway through the half. Andy Norfolk showed determination down the right and his low cross was slammed home first-time by Chris Adams.

Chambers come back on to the pitch for a second shift late on and completed his hat-trick, timing his run well to collect Conner Harman’s pass and beat Greaver.

Bridlington’s next friendly is against Tadcaster Albion on Saturday, 3pm kick off.