Parras shoot down Town’s unbeaten league run

Bridlington Town 0 Worksop Parramore 2
Bridlington Town 0 Worksop Parramore 2

Bridlington Town tamely surrendered their two-month unbeaten league run in a low-key encounter at Queensgate.

The Seasiders had not lost in the NCEL since back-to-back defeats against Albion Sports and Retford United at the start of October.

But they were missing a spark against an unspectacular Worksop outfit, who did produce a spectacular goal.

The game was settled in a 10-minute spell either side of half-time. Town had the perfect chance to shake off their first-half lethargy when they were awarded a penalty on 38 minutes. But Frank Belt’s spot-kick was saved and four minutes later Parramore took the lead.

Three minutes after the break, Nathan Forbes-Swindells scored the best goal you will see by an opposition player at Queensgate this season, and the hosts lacked the energy to muster a fightback.

It means Town have now lost five games before Christmas, having only been beaten a total of six or seven times in the whole of each of the past three league campaigns.

They now lie ninth in the NCEL table, and although they have several games in hand on all but one of the teams above them, a genuine crack at the title looks beyond them on this evidence.

In the early stages, Ash Allanson and Joel Sutton were both off-target with attempts from outside the penalty area. while Parramore’s first venture forward was ended by a last-dicth tackle by Wayne Aziz.

Sutton’s cleverly disguised pass set Craig Hogg through, but he was forced wide by keeper Steve Hernandez.

Then Sutton’s chipped pass freed Joel Ramm but Hernandez was on top of him before he had time to get his shot away.

Barring the penalty, it was the only save of note he had to make all afternoon, and the fact his gleaming white number one shirt didn’t even need to go in the washing machine at full-time proves how underworked he was.

The penalty had been awarded when Gareth Griffiths used his hand as he chased Hogg to a long ball, and the offence was spotted by the linesman. Belt slammed his spot-kick down the middle but Hernandez blocked with his feet as he dived to his right.

Further punishment arrived shortly afterwards when Parramore striker Lee Whittington timed his run perfectly and galloped through to comfortable beat Phil Dobson.

If his finish showed confidence, Forbes-Swindells showed arrogance to even think about scoring from 35 yards out. But when a free kick was rolled to him, he looked up and fired a tremendous shot which swerved into the top corner beyond the huge reach of Dobson.

A free-kick by Sutton sailed over the bar and a great block by Richard Tootle denied Ramm but that was the closest Brid came to a reply.

At the other end, Parramore missed several half-chances to add to their tally and comfortably took the points.