Leaders stay ahead of the pack after a hard-fought derby win

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

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EXCELSIORS continued their run of good form, winning 3-1 against a battling Bridlington Rovers.

After the previous week’s cup win against Leven Members Club, Excelsiors knew they would be in for a tough game, and so it turned out to be.

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Rovers started well and dominated the play for the first 30 minutes closing down and working hard to keep the moving at pace.

They struck first when Jones picked out a perfect ball for Trev Tindall to head the ball over the stranded Steve Janney in goal.

Excelsior responded and showed why they are top of the league, playing some nice football in the middle of the park and enjoy a good share of possession.

But it was a mistake that led to the equaliser when the ball was not cleared and a quick pass found Rob Wyril whose first time shot hit the back of the net.

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Excelsior came at Rovers in the second half getting to the 50/50 balls first and but for a couple of excellent saves from Andy Garbutt could have gone in front .

It looked like it was going to take something special to break the deadlock, and it arrived when Danny Anderson received the ball and evaded several challenges before unleashing an unstoppable shot.

Both sides pressed, looking to grab the next goal.

Rovers had lost workhorse Jonny Pilmoor through injury but they reacted well with Josh Pilmoor going close, firing across goal and Rovers were again unlucky not to find the net after a goalmouth scramble

However, it was Excelsior who finished off the game, as Rovers pushed desperately for an equaliser, they were caught on the break.

A break down the right wing saw Watson making one of his customary runs and beat the Rovers keeper at the near post.