HOPES of an all-Bridlington final in this season’s East Riding Senior Cup were extinguished as Sports Club were beaten in Tuesday evening’s semi-final.
Bridlington Town booked their place in the KC Stadium showpiece when they brushed aside Westella and Willerby 4-2 last Wednesday night.
But Sports Club’s bid to join them failed when they were beaten 5-3 by Hall Road Rangers Reserves, despite a rousing last 10 minutes when they threatened an unlikely comeback from 5-0 down.
Manager Terry Finney shouldered the blame for the defeat, admitting his tactics had been too conservative.
“I put it down to my error,” he said honestly. “I got it miles wrong in the first half. We started with the wrong formation and I wanted to keep it tight for the first 35 minutes.
“We went in at half-time 4-0 down and we changed from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 and it worked. We were the better team by miles in the second half.
“We hit the post and hit the crossbar, and if one of those had gone in before they scored their fifth it could have been a different story. If I had got it right from the start, who knows.
“But I am so proud of the lads. Probably the hardest job I’ve had was geeing them up at half time because they felt the game was lost and it could end up as a cricket score.
“We should have had a go at them from the start, but as a team perfoemance I can’t knock anybody. I’ll go to watch the final and will wholeheartedly support Bridlington Town.”
Sports Club’s goals came from Tom Cross with two and Tom Cooper.