Bridlington Town 0
Hull City 3
(match abandoned due to serious injury)
AN ENTERTAINING game came to a premature end when referee Mark Brown called a halt to proceedings because of an injury to Bridlington Town’s Craig Hogg.
The striker had taken a full-blooded clearance from Sonny Bradley on the head from point blank range.
It was feared he had suffered a severe neck injury and paramedics were sent for. After a good half-hour extensive treatment Hogg was OK to leave the field under his own steam.
The development squad featured several youngsters on the verge of first-team recognition including Mark Cullen, Sonny Bradley, Danny East and Connor Townsend while former Tigers Craig Fagan and Bryan Hughes both made unexpected appearances having been training with City as they search for a new club.
The Tigers took the early initiative with Lewis Clarkson getting past Chris Jenkinson and with Mark Wilberforce coming out to close the angle Clarkson could only hit the side-netting.
Cullen then curled a low shot wide from 20 yards and Clarkson threatened again but was thwarted first by Wayne Aziz and then Wilberforce while Danny Emerton dragged a left foot shot inches wide.
Town came back with Josh Greening finding the net but was ruled offside and Scott Phillips clipped the ball over from Tom Fleming’s head on.
Hogg curled a shot just past the angle while an attempt from Alex Rhodes was well off target.
Both teams were playing attractive football and creating chances with Wilberforce making a good save from Paul McElroy and his opposite number Mark Oxley held on to an overhead kick from Hogg and pushed a Fleming effort out for a corner.
The deadlock was broken after 39 minutes. Lewis Clarkson made progress down the left and into the penalty area before playing the ball on for Bryan Hughes to rifle home.
A mistake by Rhodes let in Emerton and, when he fed Cullen, Wilberforce made a good save at the expense of a corner from which Cullen headed wide.
Billy Logan’s 30-yard bullet just cleared the bar and half time arrived with Town still one goal behind.
Clarkson, Dillon and Hughes were withdrawn as Hull introduced their three substitutes on the resumption and two of them, Fagan and Jack Barlow, were involved in a good build up with Cullen before Barlow shot well wide.
The other substitute, Johnny Margetts, then missed an easy chance.
Town had a shout for handball by Townsend ignored but another handball gave them an opening 20 yards out, only for Logan to blast the free kick wide.
Greening had a shot dropped by Oxley then his second shot appeared to be handled by Bradley but a corner was given.
After 58 minutes some poor defending on their left flank by the home side gave Cullen the chance to get in a cross from which Craig Fagan easily put Hull two goals up.
Luke Wheeldon replaced ex-York City player Tom Richardson with Rhodes moving forward and his shot was spilled then gathered by Oxley.
City, however, remained in control and added a third after 66 minutes when a cross from the left by Barlow found Fagan and Mark Cullen unmarked and it was the latter who spun to fire past Wilberforce.
Margetts freed Cullen but Wilberforce saved the effort with his feet then Margetts put another chance wide after a mistake by Jenkinson.
Paul Fraser and Mike Jones, who had a brief spell with Town at the back end of last season, replaced Wilberforce and Greening while Hull brought Clarkson back on for Cullen.
Oxley punched clear a cross from Logan who then gave way for Ryan Nicholls and then when the Seasiders defence was found stretched Fagan missed an open goal.
Shortly afterwards, however, the match became insignificant as the health of Hogg became the prime concern and the swift action of Hull’s former Bridlington physio Kevin Abel, who immediately dashed to Hogg’s assistance, was greatly appreciated by the Town supporters.
Bridlington Town: Wilberforce (Fraser), Aziz, Rhodes, Logan (Nicholls), Jenkinson, Cook, Richardson (Wheeldon), Fleming (c), Hogg, Phillips, Greening (Jones).
Unused substitutes: Eeles, Wray, Rookes.
Hull City XI: Oxley, Aimson Townsend, Dillon (Barlow), Bradley, East (c), Emerton, Hughes (Fagan), Cullen, Clarkson (Margetts), McElroy.