Pickering Town 5
Bridlington Town 4
Northern Counties East League Premier Division
THIS game was a high tempo, high scoring game following the trend of the past two seasons between these two sides
It was a scintillating seesaw of a local derby, with two hat-tricks, resulting in a nine-goal thriller and gave the home side their second big scalp of the week.
After disposing of York City in the North Riding Senior Cup on Tuesday, Pickering continued on a high to record their first league win over their rivals since November 2008 and end a four-match losing sequence against them.
Town’s new signing from North Ferriby United, Bridlington born Gareth Owen, was among the substitutes while Pickering included Carl and Nathan Cook and Joe Danby all of whom lined up against the Pikes in the game at Queensgate earlier this season.
The league champions were shaken after only three minutes when they failed to clear a throw-in deep in their own half and when Billy Logan fed Tom Adams on the edge of the penalty he hit the ball through the defence and past Mark Wilberforce.
The lead was almost doubled when Josh Greening tried to lob Wilberforce but his effort was too high.
After 12 minutes Lee Wright was booked for blocking Greening as he attempted to go past him on the left wing. The referee indicated that he was standing no nonsense and wouldn’t hesitate to brandish cards if necessary.
After 21 minutes the visitors drew level. Wright played the ball to Ash Allanson on the right and Craig Hogg, from the other side of the goal, headed his deep cross back into the net.
With the game being so competitive Wright was immediately withdrawn for Alex Rhodes as a precautionary measure following his yellow card.
From the restart Town went to sleep and Pickering, pushing players forward, retook the lead within a minute when Adams notched his second goal of the afternoon.
Town struggled to clear their lines when the referee, not for the last time, gave a baffling decision by awarding a free kick after Greening went to ground without being challenged. Greening broke through and Rhodes got back to concede a corner that was headed narrowly over by Wayne Aziz.
Kemp was penalised for a tackle on the edge of the area with Wilberforce catching the resultant free kick, then after 31 minutes Lee was cautioned for dissent.
Three minutes later the Pikes increased the lead when a speculative shot from Lyle Hillier took a huge deflection on its way towards goal, wrong footing Wilberforce who watched helplessly as the ball went into the corner of the net.
Pickering could have been reduced to ten men when Hogg chased a through ball and Clark looked to have handled outside his area but the referee waved away the appeals from the Bridlington players and Clark stayed on the pitch. Nathan Cook then went into the referee’s notebook when he illegally stopped Rhodes on a run.
Two minutes before the break came the goal the visitors needed and it was similar to their first but this time it was Phillips who provided the cross from which Hogg headed in.
On the resumption Hogg appeared to be pushed in the penalty area but did not go down then a few minutes later a similar incident outside of the box resulted in a free kick.
Six minutes into the half the scores were level again after a free kick had been given against Greening. Phillips played the ball on for Hogg to fire home his 18th goal of the season and complete his first hat-trick of the campaign.
Bridlington started to believe in themselves and took the lead for the first time on 64 minutes. Goal hero Hogg turned provider on this occasion when he sent in another long cross from the right and Lyon played the ball back in for Scott Phillips to blast home.
Before the restart Hogg, who was feeling a twinge, came off to be replaced by Owen.
James Bennett appeared to be fouled in the penalty area but managed to stay on his feet when a tumble might have resulted in a spot kick. Phillips then missed two golden opportunities to increase the lead from close in and his side were going to regret the misses.
From a long pass forward on 71 minutes substitute Darren Clough got goal side of Danny Brunton to put the ball past Wilberforce.
Rhodes had a good call for a penalty when he was felled in the area but the referee preferred to turn down the appeals much to the disbelief of the Bridlington contingent.
With seven minutes left, it was Pickering’s turn to appeal for a penalty, only successfully, when Clough chased a ball on the left hand side of Wilberforce’s penalty area and as the goalkeeper came out to try and claim the ball he only succeeded in bringing him down.
Wilberforce looked to have made amends when he saved the kick from Adams but the striker, not to be outdone, reacted quickest to notch his third goal as Wilberforce attempted to prevent it from going in.
Despite Bridlington trying to the end to get a share of the points it was to no avail.