Late own goal sinks the Seasiders

Bridlington Town's Brett Agnew v Barton Town old boys

Bridlington Town's Brett Agnew v Barton Town old boys

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Bridlington Town’s run of four successive wins came to an end after a late own goal handed Barton Town the three points at Queensgate on Tuesday night.

Tim Taylor sliced a low right-wing corner from Henry Gill into his own net five minutes from time to settle matters.

Bridlington Town's Chris Jenkinson v Barton Town old boys Gareth Owen

Bridlington Town's Chris Jenkinson v Barton Town old boys Gareth Owen

The Seasiders had some grounds for complaint, because the corner had come as a result of a Barton free kick, which had been awarded, despite the officials playing a long advantage which had allowed them to get a shot on goal.

Despite that gripe, the visitors had worked hard over the 90 minutes to arrest a run of forme which had seen them lose four of their previous five games.

Bridlington captain Tom Fleming had gone closest in the first half, heading over the bar from close range.

Fleming could have netted early in the second half too. Striker Andy Norfolk’s volley bounced back off the bar and the skipper’s follow-up was smothered on the line by keeper Rob Zand.

Bridlington Town's Joel Sutton v Barton Town old boys

Bridlington Town's Joel Sutton v Barton Town old boys

The contest remained even with Will Waudby pushing a shot past the post before ex-Town striker Gareth Owen sliced his effort when he took advantage off the space offered to him by an absent Town defence.

In-form Brett Agnew challenged Zand to Waudby’s curling free-kick, but the ball dropped just the wrong side of the post.

Then Town’s goal had three lucky escapes in the space of 20 seconds.

A poor kick by James Hitchcock landed at the feet of Chris Gowen.With the keeper stranded, he lobbed the ball over him only to see it rebound off the post.

Danny Brunton produced an amazing block on the six-yard line to prevent the follow-up being scored and then Gill raced in from the right wing and smacked the ball against the opposite post.

It looked like it would remain goalless, but Barton’s winner arrived in the 85th minute, and after that, Town’s best chance came when Zand punched clear a deep free kick and Joel Sutton tried to take advantage but sent his effort high over the bar.