Rovers hold nerve in Trophy final shoot-out

Bryan Pannhausen presents the Don Bemrose Trophy to Rovers captain Tom Broadbent
Bryan Pannhausen presents the Don Bemrose Trophy to Rovers captain Tom Broadbent

Bridlington Rovers and Bridlington Excelsior played out a great final of the Don Bemrose Trophy on Saturday, but the match finished in controversial circumstances.

The game finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, but with both teams expecting extra time, the tie went straight to a penalty shoot-out, which Rovers won 3-0.

Excelsior started well, taking the game to Rovers, winning tackles and picking up the second balls and they might have gone ahead early on but Booth made a great save to deny skipper Anderson.

Rovers looked like a rabbit in the headlights as Excelsiors piled on the pressure and they were rewarded with a goal from Joe Baker, who outjumped everyone in the box to head in from a corner.

Excelsior should have made it 2-0 a minute later but Broadbent cleared off the line.

The league champions were struggling to live with Excelsior, but shortly before the break they had their first real opportunity as Robinson headed narrowly wide at the far post.

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Rovers came out a different team after some home truths were aired in the dressing room and they turned the game on its head and went straight at Excelsior with Jones, Pilmoor, Robinson and Goodacre playing some great football and Stockton showing all his experience.

Marshall was running the channels and putting the Excelsiors back line under all sorts of presure but as much as they huffed and puffed, they only created half chances and the keeper was reasonably comfortable.

Excelsior were dangerous on the break with Baker and Simpson both running clear and, but for a save from Booth and a last gasp challenge from man of the match Tom Marshall, they might of made the game safe.

They were unlucky to lose Butterfield through injury as neither dug out was prepared to make a change with the game so tight.

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Bridlington Rovers v Bridlington Excelsiors

Late on, Rovers got the break they needed with Brunton winning a free kick out on the left. Pilmoor floated the ball into a packed box, Tindall controlled, slipped it to Goodacre who laid it on a plate for Robinson on the edge of the box and his low drive found the bottom corner to level the game up .

As both teams prepared for an extra 30 minutes, referee Dennis Clay decided to take the game straight to penalties, much to the disappointment of both teams.

Some harsh words were said and probably regretted the next day but both teams picked the five takers and got on with the lottery that is a shoot out.

Excelsior missed there first three and Rovers converted all three to win the cup with Booth making two saves and Josh Pilmoor holding his nerve to score the winner.

Rovers manager lee Thomson said: “We never turned up until half time but when we did, we were superb. We wanted extra time as we thought the game was there to be won but the three penalties we took were excellent and I’ll take that.”