Injury takes gloss off another Reserves win

Bridlington Town Reserves' Lewis Rafter against Sculcoates Amateurs res

Bridlington Town Reserves' Lewis Rafter against Sculcoates Amateurs res

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Bridlington Town Reserves ensured they will end 2015 sitting on top of East Riding County League Premier Division.

They are six points clear of nearest rivals Beverley Town Reserves, after claiming their ninth win in 10 games, 4-0 against Sculcoates Amateurs reserves.

Louis Rafter gets past Sculcoates' Cedric Prempeh

Louis Rafter gets past Sculcoates' Cedric Prempeh

However, the game ended on a sour note as the full-time whistle had to be blown early because of a serious injury to Town defender Tom Benninger.

He suffered a broken fibula in a collision with the visitors’ keeper and the final whistle was blown early while an ambulance was called.

Benninger, who had scored Town’s fourth moments earlier, underwent an operation on his leg on Sunday.

It marred another comfortable performance by the Reserves who over-ran Sculcoates in the second half.

Nathan Pickering

Nathan Pickering

Bridlington went ahead inside the first four minutes when Liam Fraser’s shot form outside the area found the back of the net, although the keeper will feel he should have kept it out.

Town were enjoying plenty of joy down the left wing through Nathan Pickering, but couldn’t score again in the first half.

Chris Eyre saw an effort blocked and James Faulkner was off target with a couple of efforts from distance, while Sculcoates keeper also made amends with an impressive save from close range.

As half-time approached, Sculcoates created their best opportunites of the half, but they couldn’t work keeper Marc Wain.

Town found goals easier to come by after the break.

Eyre set up Jason Barnes to double the lead, and he also had another goal ruled out for offside.

Eyre nodded in the third from close range, before tempers started to flare.

The fourth goal arrived when defender Benninger volleyed home following a corner, but when he ventured forward again, he crumpled under a challenge from visitors’ keeper and was clearly in distress.