Reserves face prospect of a relegation battle

Lord Nelson 3  Bridlington Town Reserves 1
Lord Nelson 3 Bridlington Town Reserves 1

Bridlington Town Reserves travelled to Beverley to play Lord Nelson who have seen a resurgence in recent weeks.

Town started well with Dale Barkworth and Louis Rafter performing well on the flanks aided and abetted by Frazer Owen making a well deserved start after weeks on the bench.

Lord Nelson 3  Bridlington Town Reserves 1

Lord Nelson 3 Bridlington Town Reserves 1

As early as the 10th minute Rafter was through on goal and was brought down so the ref pointed to the spot.

Striker Liam Banks sent his team one up but it wasn’t long before Nelson started to assert themselves in the game and proved they were a solid-looking outfit.

They could have been 3-1 up if it wasn’t for the quick feet of Terry Finney in the Town goal, who found himself one-on-one with Nelson strikers on three occasions soon after Town’s penalty but the keeper was equal to anything the home side could muster.

Nelson were awarded a corner in the 22nd minute but poor marking let their striker in at the far post to level the score.

The half ended all suqare and the break gave Town time to regroup to go again, however Nelson started the brighter and Town began to lose shape, being pulled everywhere instead of being a more composed both individually and as a unit on the ball.

Lord Nelson’s striker muscled his way through the Town defence to beat Finney at the near post to give his side the lead.

A third soon followed when again Town’s shape was lost, catching keeper Finney out of position as he was lobbed from the edge of the box.

There were positives in certain areas of the team as brothers Josh and Jonny Morritt again gave everything, but the team has to dig deep in the coming weeks as relegation from the East Riding County League Premier Division is a distinct possibility.

This week’s home game with Gilberdyke Phoenix is crucial in their pursuit of not only points, but confidence too.