Rovers stretch lead at top after beating Foresters

Foresters Athletic 2nds v Bridlington Rovers

Foresters Athletic 2nds v Bridlington Rovers

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Bridlington Rovers pulled clear at the top of the Driffield League Premier Division thanks to a 2-0 victory at Matson Road against a plucky Forester Athletic 2nds team.

Manager Lee Thomson said: “It was a largely frustrating afternoon but we stuck to the task and won the game.”

Bridlington Rovers captain Jonny Pilmoor

Bridlington Rovers captain Jonny Pilmoor

Rovers started on the front foot, taking the game to Forester but a lack of quality and poor desicions in the final third meant it was goalless at half time.

Ben Marshall and Trev Tindall had gone close on a number of occasions but found the home keeper in fine form.

Forester were clearly happy with their achievement in reaching the break on level terms but Rovers were frustrated and spoke at half-time about composure in front of goal and moving the ball around the pitch rather than looking for the killer ball everytime.

Lewis Goodacre was proving his worth in the middle of the park, breaking up any potential moves from the home team and keeping the ball moving, finding a team mate with every pass.

Foresters Athletic 2nds James Mooney v Bridlington Rovers Trevor Tindall

Foresters Athletic 2nds James Mooney v Bridlington Rovers Trevor Tindall

But it was his midfield partner and captain Pilmoor who stepped up to break the deadlock as he was on hand to tap in after the fell nicely to him from a corner.

Rovers quickly went two up as Marshall forced the ball in at the near post after committing two defenders.

The visitors expected the floodgates to open but Forester showed why their results have been improving, staying solid and working hard.

The only other game to be played in the top flight, saw Mermaid United Old Boys beat Foresters’ first team 2-0 with Lukasz Koziello getting both goals.

Foresters Athletic 2nds v Bridlington Rovers

Foresters Athletic 2nds v Bridlington Rovers

Mermaid soon found themselves 1-0 up. A Mark Stockdale corner was placed perfectly into the penalty area for Koziello to stab the ball into the bottom corner past the stranded Lee Avison.

Mermaid were forced to swap the team around when Will Potter injured his knee so Craig Young dropped back into midfield with Matty Clay heading up top.

Chances were few and far between for both teams in the first half with the best chances going to the away team but a mixture of good saves from Sam Conner and poor finishing kept the score as 1-0 going into the second half.

The second half continued in the same way as the first with few chances being created.

The only goal came from Mermaid’s left back Koziello. Good play down the right hand side between Young and Artur Bejur created space for Jake Taylor to whip a cross into the box where Koziello won the aerial battle with the centre half and as the ball dropped nicely, he slotted it into the bottom corner.

Both teams battled hard to make the game as good as it could be given the awful conditions.