Bridlington Seabirds 1
Bridlington Sports Club 2nds 1
ON A lovely afternoon for football, the game started in a very scrappy fashion,
Sports Club looking to get back to winning ways after seeing their season fall away in recent weeks.
With a number of senior players still injured there was a chance for a few players to stake a claim for a regular place in the team but in the early stages neither side could get hold of the ball and possession was being squandered far too easily with Sports Club in particular guilty of trying to over-play and failing to pick out the simple ball.
Seabirds were looking for the pace of their attackers with every opportunity while Sports Club’s midfield were struggling to get the ball down and feed their strikers or wide men with anything significant.
Midway through the half James Mooney burst forward and was up-ended on the edge of the area, the referee pointed to the spot and although Ash Robinson’s spot kick was initially saved by Shaun Bradley he made no mistake from the rebound to put Club 1-0 in front.
Instead of pushing on from there it was Seabirds who took the game to Club and with the midfield struggling to compete Seabirds started to create chances and force corners.
The goal however came under slightly fortuitous circumstances.
An innocuous looking through ball bobbled over a Sports Club defenders foot and the ball headed into the area, it looked as though the defence would clear but under pressure from Jamie Osborne, his tackle ricocheted into the net.
The second half was much the same as the first with Chadwick in the Club goal playing the sweeper role very well to combat the pacy Seabird attackers and improvising well where necessary.
Club made their substitutions with Rollinson, Pollard and Firth replacing Mooney, Leckenby and Tranmer.
With these changes Club began to look a little more threatening with the midfield coming more into the game and Craig Young in particular looking to take the game to Seabirds.
His passing came to the fore looking to spread the ball wide and it began to pay dividends as Firth and Cowling began to look dangerous.
Firth in particular looked keen to impress and battled well, putting some good crosses in and towards the end of the game he hit a tremendous shot from all of 25 yards which struck the post and unfortunately rebounded to safety.
Then it was Rollinson’s chance, a great through ball put him away and as he took the ball under control and coolly lobbed the keeper everyone was amazed when the referee pulled him back for off side although it appeared to all that he had timed his run to perfection.
Seabirds had chances too, Billy Simpson’s effort hit the bar and just before the final whistle Dale Morris chested the ball down in front of goal but missed his kick completely.
Seabirds man of the match: Mike Bunting.
Manager’s comments: “We produced a good overall team performance, but I think a draw was perhaps a fair result.”