Injury-ravaged Town pick up points after long midweek trip

Nathan Cook (right) pictured in action against Liversedge on Saturday, limped off at Arnold with a hamstring injury.

Nathan Cook (right) pictured in action against Liversedge on Saturday, limped off at Arnold with a hamstring injury.

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It was a case of the walking wounded for Bridlington Town at Eagle Valley on Tuesday night but they were still too good for a relegation threatened Arnold Town side that only briefly threatened for a spell in the second half.

Town were without the injured Frank Belt, Tom Lee and Scott Phillips while Chris Batchelor is now contracted to cricket. Skipper Tom Fleming and Wayne Aziz were both carrying injuries and to make matters worse both Nathan Cook and Billy Logan sustained injuries during the course of the game.

Craig Hogg had gone close twice before Town took the lead in the 12th minute. Josh Greening won a corner and played it back to Buttle who delivered the perfect cross for Cook to head in at the far post. Within a minute Greening doubled the score by firing in from the left side of goal.

Paul Fraser came out to clear from Chris Baugh and Arnold goalkeeper Danny Marshall spectacularly turned round a 30-yard effort from Cook, then 19 minutes in the Seasiders increased their lead further.

Ash Allanson’s corner was touched back for him to find Hogg in the perfect position to head home.

Arnold captain Rob Austin had his side’s first shot after 41 minutes but was way off target and just before the break Aaron Allanson was played in by Hogg only to put his effort over the bar.

The Eagles came more into it after the break but hardly troubled Town until 20 minutes into the half when Danny Hayes stole in to convert a free kick with his head just after Aziz had left the game with a trapped nerve in his neck.

Fleming was going to be replaced but a twisted ankle to Logan changed the plans and Tyler Collishaw came on to operate on the left with Ash Allanson playing in defence.

With seven minutes remaining Collishaw put a peach of a ball over the top into the path of Greening who in turn lifted it over Marshall for his second of the night.