In-form Stewart continues scoring spree

Bridlington Town 4

Pickering Town 1

NCEL Premier Division

PROLIFIC Carl Stewart scored his ninth goal in six games for Bridlington Town as they extended their winning run to four matches.

The striker, who scored a hat-trick for Pickering against The Seasiders last season, turned the tables on his former club with two goals on Tuesday evening.

He opened the scoring on nine minutes, taking advantage of a mistake by the Pikes’ left back Ben Asquith. Stewart ran from the halfway line and although his first effort was parried by keeper Aaron Reid, he tapped the rebound into the empty net.

Reid then denied Craig Hogg after full back Billy Logan had ventured forward down the right, before Allanson worried the keeper with a swerving shot from outside the area which went the wrong side of the post.

Bridlington dominated the first half, in terms of territory and possession, but were lucky not to concede a penalty when Eddie Cass seemed to handle in his own area.

Stewart brought another good save from Reid with a vicious shot on the turn, but a minute later the hosts had doubled their lead.

Hogg latched on to Stewart’s pass and drilled his effort past the keeper at his near post.

Pickering fought back and scored the goal of the night on 36 minutes. Steve Baxter cut inside Cass and cleverly curled a chip over Mark Wilberforce.

But just two minutes later, Brid’s two-goal lead had been restored. Tom Fleming pounced after a goalmouth scramble, following a corner, sliding the ball home from close range.

Stewart should have added to his tally early in the second half but sliced an effort wide from six yards when you would have expected him to find the net, and at the other end an excellent header by Liam Salt was tipped over the bar by Wilberforce.

Hogg couldn’t take advantage of a poor header by defender Simon Sturdy when he lobbed a shot wide, and Fleming’s low shot skidded wide of the far post, as Bridlington remained in control.

Their fourth goal arrived on 74 minutes. Stewart ran on to sub Chris Batchelor’s headed flick and slammed an emphatic shot into the bottom corner.

The only incident of note in the final quarter of an hour was a debut for Flamborough teenager Sam Hanson, who came off the bench to replace Fleming.

Town manager Mitch Cook said: “We were totally in control and could have reached double figures.

“Pickering are a good club, but apart from their wonder goal, our keeper wasn’t tested all night. We just have to keep this good run going.”

Town: Wilberforce, Aziz, Cass (Phillips 78), Allanson, Jenkinson, Lee (Batchelor 60), Logan, Fleming (Hanson 86), Hogg, Stewart, Greening.

Attendance: 142.

Referee: Rob Atkin (Scunthorpe)

Man of the match: Carl Stewart