Four in a row as Brigg are brushed aside

Brigg Town 0 Bridlington Town 4
Brigg Town 0 Bridlington Town 4

The Seasiders’ recorded their fourth consecutive win away to bottom club Brigg Town to keep them in the upper reaches of the league table.

Ex-Brigg player Anthony Bowsley, a recent signing for Town, was included among the substitutes and striker Lewis Clarkson was back in the side after missing three games because of illness and suspension.

It didn’t take Clarkson long to get back into his stride because after two minutes he was found free on the left of the area and after advancing a few yards accurately curled the ball round goalkeeper Ryan Ramsden into the far bottom corner to register his sixth league goal in seven outings.

The first serious Brigg attack was halted by referee Andrew Park for a foul on Town goalkeeper James Hitchcock but the visitors continued to have the better of the exchanges and after Clarkson had gone close following a free kick, they increased their lead from one in the 15th minute.

Not for the first time, Will Waudby was brought down as he made progress down the left and Joel Sutton’s pinpoint delivery from the free kick was met by a glancing header from defender Ryan Nicholls.

Clarkson had a chance to add to his tally but shot early when he had space to advance and Ramsden comfortably held the ball. Clarkson then struck a post after Tom Fleming had won the ball before playing it through to him.

Late in the half Brigg had a bit of a purple patch and gained four quick corners but were unable to make them count.

At the other end Chris Jenkinson headed in from Ash Allanson’s corner but was penalised for climbing on a defender while Ramsden collected a shot from Ruhanduka.

As half time approached Owen Mountain had a sight of goal but was thwarted by Allanson’s timely tackle.

The hosts brought on Chris Rodgers for Mountain at the start of the second half but it was Bridlington who continued to press and again Waudby was the victim of a foul as he advanced towards the home penalty area.

Brigg struggled to clear their lines and when a poor kick out by Ramsden landed at the feet of Joel Sutton, who was just inside his own half, he was a whisker away from putting his side three up. Spotting the goalkeeper out of his area his audacious attempt on goal struck the post and went behind for a goal kick.

In contrast, Ombeni Ruhanduka completely missed his kick from a good position following a cross from Josh Heseltine.

With 18 minutes remaining, both sides made substitutions and within four minutes the visitors went three up. A ball forward found Sutton unmarked and with Luke Wheeldon playing him onside, he fired past Ramsden.

Some poor defending by the visitors gave Brigg substitute Joshua Barden a chance to reduce the arrears but his effort missed the target and minutes later his free kick was met at the far post by Tom Lee but Hitchcock held on to the headed attempt on goal.

Ruhanduka just failed to get a touch on a cross from Benn Lewis, then he was foiled by the feet of Ramsden after Sutton’s diagonal cross put him in on goal.

As the game entered time added on, Lewis collected the ball on the halfway line and, seeing Ramsden off his line again, he attempted what Sutton had done earlier but with more success as Ramsden, despite scrambling back and getting a hand to the ball, could not prevent it from going over the line.

Town manager Gary Allanson said: “The Brigg game was a poor game overall to be honest, they knew everything about us from last season of how we play, the system we play and our personnel and they tried to nullify us but we still cantered to a relatively easy victory.

“To score four goals away from home and keep a clean sheet at any level is a very good achievement.

“I have the utmost respect for (Brigg manager) Andy Foster and what he is trying to do but his hands are tied and he is having to play very young and inexperienced players, but this league is ruthless and cruel and they have a real tough season ahead of them and I really hope he turns them around and gets the success he deserves.

With the top five teams all winning Town remain in fourth position but with a successful run behind them they should be in a confident frame of mind for the two key matches that are coming up.

Second-placed Worksop Town arrive at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium on Saturday and the following week they travel to play Sunderland RCA in the FA Vase.

Allanson added: “We are in good form at the moment, winning our last four games on the bounce, scoring 15 goals and only conceding two.

“We have steadied the ship and we look organised and always have a threat going forward with the pace that we have in the team. We are full of confidence at the moment and we have a great spirit among the players.

“The Worksop game will be a very difficult test as they are second at the moment and are in great form, they will be full of confidence and our pitch will suit their style of play, but also suit ours.

“I think they will bring a good following with them so it should be a great game of f
ootball with a great atmosphere.”