Lee cooks up a late winner

Pickering Town 1 Bridlington Town 2
Pickering Town 1 Bridlington Town 2

After playing on an energy sapping pitch at Heanor on Saturday, Bridlington Town had to dig deep into their reserves to produce a battling second half performance at Mill Lane on Tuesday to bring away the points.

It was The Seasiders’ first meeting with former Mitch Cook, who left Queesnaget in the summer after two seasons in charge, and took over at Pickering during this campaign.

Town started the game well and tended to control the first quarter of it, taking the lead just before the quarter-hour mark.

The Pikes equalised nearly midway through the second period but after keeping out everything Pickering threw at them the Seasiders’ got the decisive goal right at the end.

A mistake by David Bramley in the home goal almost let Joel Sutton in but he was forced wide before he could get a shot away then Frank Belt’s effort was cleared for a corner by Tony Hackworth.

Wayne Aziz brought an end to a neat passing move between Lewis Taylor, Ged Dalton and Joe Danby before Sam Calvert headed wide from a free kick.

In the 14th minute Craig Hogg was found in plenty of space on the left and he cut in to hit the ball beyond Bramley.

Sutton was crowded out after Hogg had played him in and another Aziz interception kept the hosts at bay.

The closest Pickering came to an equaliser before half-time was from a lobbed attempt by Danby, after he had gone past Aziz, which went just wide of the post.

Pickering came out for the second half in a determined mood and the visitors found it hard to get hold of the ball.

Aziz was booked for a foul on Chris Batchelor but the free kick was driven wide and another home free kick was cleared at the second attempt.

In the 63rd minute Pickering equalised with a delightful goal when Ged Dalton executed an exquisitely lofted ball from outside the area over debutant keeper Ryan Ramsden and into the top corner.

Pickering went for the kill but deputy goalkeeper Ramsden and the defence got their bodies in the way of anything that came their way and in a slight respite on 89 minutes they snatched the three points.

With the ball bouncing around in the Pickering penalty area like a game of bagatelle substitute Tom Lee latched on to the loose ball to hit a telling shot past a bemused Pickering rearguard to seal a welcome win following two disappointing defeats.

Pickering Town: Bramley, Hawkes, Batchelor, Adams, Hackworth, Cook (c), Calvert, Taylor, Danby, Dalton (Henderson), Greening.

Unused substitutes: Micklethwaite, Fenwick, Giles (Gk).

Bridlington Town: Ramsden, Belt, Palmer, Allanson (Paylor 79), Jenkinson, Aziz, Craig (Lee 69), Fleming (c), Hogg, Sutton, Ramm.

Unused substitutes: Brunton, Morritt, Dobson (Gk).

Attendance: 186