Colleries dig deep to beat wasteful Town

Pontefract Colleries 3 Bridlington Town 1
Pontefract Colleries 3 Bridlington Town 1

Bridlington Town were not so much outplayed as they were outfought by a side who began the day in the relegation places in their 3-1 defeat at Pontefract Colleries.

Pontefract challenged for every ball and reaped the dividends aided by some poor defending by the visitors.

The match statistics show that Town, with 18 attempts on goal, had more than enough chances to have won the game but Pontefract had more desire and scored three times from their seven attempts.

The Seasiders welcomed back skipper Tom Fleming from suspension while Conner Harman and Andy Norfolk got the call ahead of Tim Taylor and Joel Sutton, who were both among the substitutes.

Town forced a corner in the first minute but Chris Jenkinson headed over and minutes later Harman’s effort was saved by goalkeeper Liam Corbett.

Liam Radford was too high when connecting with a lay back from Mark Whitehouse and it was the latter who delivered a double blow in an eight-minute spell. Another early goal was conceded by Town in the 16th minute when a poor Ryan Nicholls clearance was intercepted by Aaron Moxam and his ball into the danger area was volleyed in by Whitehouse.

Brett Agnew, who had one of those days that all strikers hate, missed the target after holding off Nigel Danby and Norfolk’s touch to a Will Waudby low cross went just past the post before Whitehouse struck again on 24 minutes.

Moxam was again the provider when he lofted the ball into the middle from the by line and Whitehouse rose unmarked to head home.

Corbett held an attempt from Agnew following Norfolk’s turn and cross from the right to ensure the hosts went into the break with their goal intact.

At the start of the second period Town replaced Harman and Norfolk with Taylor and Sutton but after Agnew had two efforts blocked Pontefract increased their lead further nine minutes into the half. It was Moxam again who was allowed to turn on the by line and his ball in was met by the head of his captain Aaron Joseph.

Agnew’s misery continued when a bad bounce caused him to screw the ball well wide and another shot from the left went past the far post then both Taylor’s overhead kick and Sutton’s half-volley went straight at Corbett.

Benn Lewis was forced to leave the field after being injured in a 50-50 challenge with Jack Mawson and Josh Heseltine came on in his place.

With 16 minutes remaining Sutton got a consolation goal for the Seasiders following a move between Fleming, Agnew and Danny Brunton and he almost got a second when his attempt just cleared the bar.