BRIDLINGTON Town’s defence of the East Riding Senior Cup ended with defeat to high-flying North Ferriby United on Tuesday evening.
Bridlington Town gave a good account of themselves against the Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders but in the
end North Ferriby United had too much in their locker for them.
The Villagers showed several changes to the side that won the top-of-the-table clash at Hednesford while
Town had Paul Fraser in goal in the absence of Mark Wilberforce with Ollie West as substitute goalkeeper
and Scott Phillips was restored to the starting 11 at the expense of Scott Phillips.
Both sides won corners in a fairly even start then after 12 minutes Ferriby took the lead in controversial
circumstances. A scramble in the Bridlington goalmouth ended when Danny Clarke prodded the ball over
the line with the Town defence appealing vehemently but vainly for an offside decision.
The Seasiders gave as good as they got and Antoni Pecora just beat Josh Greening to Ash Allanson’s pass
the goalkeeper then held a header from Chris Jenkinson.
After 24 minutes Frank Belt was cautioned for clattering Ryan Williams and three minutes later the hobbling
Williams sought retribution and was booked for a similar challenge on Belt.
Despite North Ferriby getting the better of the decisions Town kept battling and a bad bounce took the ball
away from Phillips and went to Pecora who also got down to collect a shot from Batchelor.
Oliver Banks saw his cross headed away by Belt then Fraser held an effort from Gary Bradshaw and
Jenkinson got in a timely tackle to stop Clarke in the area.
Three minutes before half time Steve Ridley also went into the book for taking a quick free kick after being
told to wait by referee Steve Wade.
As the second half got under way Russell Fry replaced the injured Williams.
A chance went begging when Greening delayed a pass to Phillips and at the other end good covering by
Wayne Aziz enabled him to take the ball away from Clarke.
Six minutes into the half the lead was increased when Louis Kirk found Bradshaw on the right, outside the
area, and he moved forward before hitting the ball across Fraser and into the far corner.
A neat move from Ferriby ended when Fry scooped over from eighteen yards then Town hit back after 58
minutes to reduce the arrears. The robust Mark Gray conceded a corner from which Ash Allanson found Tom
Fleming at the far post. He headed the ball back across goal and it appeared to be going in but Phillips
made sure by hitting it over the line.
The Seasiders pressed for an equaliser with Jenkinson heading over from another corner.
Banks became the third Ferriby player to be booked for tripping Aziz then stepping on him as he ran past.
Gray headed Fry’s free kick, given against Tom Lee, well over the top then Belt put in a cross that went
across goal without anyone on hand to provide a finish.
Billy Logan’s long ball out of defence enabled Hogg to gain a corner from which Pecora caught Jenkinson’s
header. Hogg then turned past Louis Bruce but played the ball too far for Greening.
Six minutes from the end the tie was settled with Bradshaw getting his second when he got free in the
penalty area and slid the ball past Fraser.
Town had played well and although North Ferriby deserved to win the third goal flattered them somewhat.
North Ferriby United: Pecora, Gardner, Ridley (Foot 69), Kirk, Gray, Bruce, Banks, Bolder (c), Clarke,
Bradshaw, Williams (Fry 46).
Unused substitutes: Taylor, Kendall, Nicklin.
Bridlington Town: Fraser, Aziz, Lee, Ash Allanson, Jenkinson, Cook (Logan 80), Belt (Aaron Allanson
87), Fleming (c), Phillips, Batchelor (Hogg 72), Greening.
Unused substitute: West (Gk).
Man of the Match: Scott Phillips (Never gave up and kept his head despite the close attentions of Gray)