Five-star Tate’s gallery of goals settles cup tie

Bridlington Sports Club's Mike Tate v Hessle United
Bridlington Sports Club's Mike Tate v Hessle United

Mike Tate netted all five of Bridlington Sports Club’s goals as they knocked Hessle United out of the Whiteheads Fish and Chips League Cup.

Following a string of disappointing results in the league, Sports Club were looking for a morale-boosting victory, as well as a place in the last eight of the competition.

However, after a big early penalty shout was overlooked, Sports were unable to sustain a high tempo as their passing became sluggish.

Still nursing a potential hangover from last weekend’s dramatic East Riding Senior Cup exit at Riccall United, they offered Hessle an opportunity as the visitors grew in confidence during the first half.

This soon translated into the opening goal as more sloppy play from the hosts gifted Hessle the lead before the break.

Following some home truths in the dressing room, Sports Club returned from the interval with 45 minutes to save their season. It appeared the message had registered as the home side hunted in packs, showing a renewed hunger and desire.

They soon had their reward as Tate rose at the back post to power in a brave header. Dissatisfied with the one goal, Sports went in search for more and Lyle Bogle’s introduction emphasised the attacking intent.

The big centre forward caused immediate problems as he earnt his side a penalty following graceful footwork in the penalty area. Tate slammed in the spot-kick with supreme confidence to add his and Sports’ second.

However, the home side never seem to do it easily as they allowed Hessle back into it following a soft set piece.

They weren’t level for long as the magnificent Tate had other ideas. Gathering the ball with his back to goal, the big man shrugged off his marker before firing a breath-taking left-footed finish into the far corner.

Despite completing a perfect hat-trick, Tate wasn’t finished there as a dazzling James Webb run was converted at the second attempt to make it four.

It was fast turning into the Mike Tate show at Dukes Park as Sports Club’s number five made it 5-2 to cap off a much improved second half display as they advanced into the quarter finals.