Honours even between old friends

Craig Hogg opened the scoring for Bridlington.
Craig Hogg opened the scoring for Bridlington.

Old friends served up an entertaining encounter at Queensgate last night.

Pickering Town arrived with 12 of their 16-man squad having worn the red of Bridlington in recent seasons, but The Seasiders new breed matched them in all departments.

A draw was a fair result as Town dropped points in the league for the first time this season.

Craig Hogg opened his account when he lobbed the home side into the lead just after the half-hour, but the game’s most threatening player Sam Calvert levelled in first half injury time.

Billy Logan was the first ex-Seasider to try to get one over on his former club, but Adam Nicholson caught his header after Brid had conceded a cheap corner.

Hogg’s wild volley was the hosts’ first effort, and it was soon followed by another off-target attempt, when James Whittingham lashed wide when Tom Fleming had miskicked trying to round off a good move down the right involving Ash Allanson and Ombeni Ruhanduka.

Calvert failed to take advantage when Nicholson raced out of his penalty area and his clearance was charged down.

Bridlington got numbers back but Calvert pulled his shot wide.

He then fired over at the end of a nice Pickering passing move.

Calvert’s threat continued and Nicholson saved at his feet as the striker tried to take the ball around the keeper.

Just as Pickering were looking the likeliest to open the scoring, they fell behind on 32 minutes.

Ruhanduka sent a speculative ball forward and Hogg won the race against Nathan Cook and calmly lobbed the ball over stranded Callum Myers.

He was put through again minutes later but collided with Myers, which resulted in the visitors’ kepeer needing lengthy treatment.

At the other end, Nicholson dived full length to push away Tom Adams’ low drive, and then fielded an effort Lewis Taylor should have done better with.

But Pickering equalised in the third minute of injury time. Calvert cut in from the left wing and fired a shot across Nicholson and in off the far post.

The second half didn’t quite hit the heights of the first, but there was still plenty of entertainment.

A quick throw-in caught out Bridlington’s defence but Calvert scuffed his shot, then Ruhanduka was just too high with a direct free kick.

There was still little to choose between the tow teams, with Pickering looking anything but a team which had already been beaten 6-0 twice already this season.

They should have been behind though, when Ruhanduka headed wide when unmarked at the back post inside the six-yard box.

Chris Batchelor and Fleming exchanged long range efforts which were off target, but Ruhanudka was more accurate with a shot which produced a good save from Myers.

Logan should have won the game when the Pikes exploited room down Brid’s left side, but when the ball was crossed in, Logan lifted his attempt over the bar.

Both sides tired considerably in the closing stages, although Seasiders’ sub Nathan White could have snatched the points at the death, but Myers dealt with his fierce shot from the edge of the area.