Winterton Rangers 1
Bridlington Town 4
NCEL Premier Division
FOR the second time in a week Bridlington Town relied on a second half performance to give themselves some credibility.
The previous Saturday’s rally after the break just failed to keep them in the F.A. Cup and last week at Winterton, following a dismal first half showing, it took the home side’s first goal of the season to kick some life into a lacklustre Town and then a three-minute Craig Hogg hat trick just after the hour gave them the upper hand as Rangers inexperience came to the fore.
The Seasiders made one change with Paul Fraser replacing the unavailable Mark Wilberforce in goal and young Bridlington born and ex-Hull City Academy goalkeeper Ollie West taking his place among the substitutes.
Neither side were able to string any passes together during the first period and for some of the time resorted to balls over the top, and after one such ball by Simon Ward found Josh Batty, he followed suit by putting his shot over the bar.
At the other end Hogg did even worse when Nathan Cook laid the ball back from Scott Phillips’ pass by clearing the clubhouse roof.
Newark referee Robert Townsend had tried to let the game flow despite some dubious tackles but after 21 minutes Tom Lee earned himself a booking by bringing down Tom Finnigan just outside the penalty area. Ward’s free kick was turned over by Fraser.
Josh Greening was injured as he and Rangers goalkeeper Lee Herrick clashed when they both went for the ball in the home penalty area. Alex Rhodes came on to replace the unfortunate striker.
The rest of the half, helped by some curious refereeing decisions, was not very inspiring and the interval came as a relief to the spectators although Rangers had been the more threatening with their sheer honesty and thirst for work coming through, but they had been unable to put the ball where it mattered.
As the second half got under way Hogg gave a hint of what was to come by striking the woodwork twice in the space of a minute. Phillips then missed the best chance so far when he shot over from Hogg’s pass instead of taking time to control the ball and pick his spot.
Steve Wibberley substituted Herrick, who had injured his shoulder, after 51 minutes and seven minutes later the game came to life with a goal for Winterton.
Tom Finnigan was allowed to make his way along the Bridlington goal line before picking out Josh Batty in the six-yard box to fire the ball home.
Defender James Coulbeck came on for winger Robbie Start after 61 minutes but within four minutes the game had been completely turned on its head.
Tom Richardson showed an aggression that has been missing from his previous games by making progress down the right and coming out of two tackles with the ball before squaring it for Craig Hogg to equalise on 62 minutes.
Before the restart the energetic Mike Jones came on for Eddie Cass and within two minutes Hogg had added a second from a through ball while after another minute he latched on to a pass from Phillips and with only Wibberley to beat he completed a quick-fire hat trick.
After their wake-up call the Seasiders were now well on top and brought James Gunn on for skipper Tom Fleming who had earlier taken a knock.
Another good move brought a fourth goal when Mike Jones lashed the ball in with nine minutes left.
Hogg had another chance but fed Phillips instead and his shot was deflected wide. The same pair split the defence with Jones who sent his effort wide then Jones got free on the right but, after over running the ball, he checked back to find Phillips and his attempt was saved by Wibberley.
In the dying seconds Fraser gathered a shot from Coulbeck at the second attempt with Luke Anderson ready to pounce.