Not a bang. Not even a whimper. In fact, Bridlington Town’s league season ended in silent surrender.
Parkgate ensured their survival in the NCEL Premier Division with a shock 3-0 win at Queensgate, and they celebrated on the pitch after a job well done.
But the Seasiders had served up their worst home display of the campaign, which started off in miserable style when Parkgate’s Jordan Turner opened the scoring inside.
Town are developing a habit of not turning up for the final league game of the season, and this had echoes of last season’s dismal effort against already-relegated Glasshoughton. Before that, they conceded six at home to Brighouse Town in 2014.
Admittedly, this time, they could say they had one eye on Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final against Cleethorpes, and they could claim fatigue after winning their quarter-final at Thackley only 40 hours earlier.
They were without influential captain Tom Fleming and experimented with defender Benn Lewis in his midfield role, but there was no real excuse for this performance, against a team who could have been relegated if results went against them.
Town’s failings against struggling teams reared its head again, and after Turner had netted inside the opening minute, Parkgate made all the running.
Josh Moore’s free kick took a nick off the wall and deflected wide and then on 23 minutes, he did manage to double the lead.
Josh Heseltine’s lunge on Ross Shelton earned one of the more obvious penalties Town have conceded this year, and Moore squeezed his spt kick just past James Hitchcock’s right hand.
Attempting to bounce back, Chris Adams saw an effort deflect into the side netting off Reece Wesley and he then just failed to get to the ball in time to turn in Brett Agnew’s shot.
But it was a hugely lacklustre first half from the hosts, and things got more niggly after the break, with Parkgate knowing how high the stakes were.
Tafadzwa Mumbanya just managed to head a cross away from the back post as Heseltine closed in, and Adams saw a shot from the edge of the area go straight to keeper Josh Lill.
Bridlington found a little more impetus when Will Waudby was brought on as a substitute.
He played a part in a move triggered by Brett Agnew’s persistenceon the right wing, but Joel Sutton’s effort was gathered by Lill, when a pass to Adams looked a better option.
Adams tested Lill again after a weaving run, and Agnew created space for himself in the box but his shot was comfortable for the keeper.
On 62 minutes, the game was put beyond Town’s reach by Moore, who reacted quickest to a headed clearance and smartly lobbed Hitchcock from 30 yards.
The Seasiders looked for a consolation goal but an excellent tackle by Shelton denied Sutton after a surging run by Waudby.
Sub Tom Waudby then played a lovely ball to Sutton, but he hit the side netting, before hitchcock was almost caught off his line again, as Sam Foulds thumped a first-time shot from the halfway line which cleared the bar.
Macole Lennaman produced a superb goalline clearance from Tom Waudby’s header as Parkgate eased over the line to safety, helped by defeats to Brigg Town and Athersley Recreation and a draw for Armthorpe Welfare.