Seasiders fight back to see off Handsworth

Bridlington Town's Joel Sutton and Brett Agnew v Handsworth Parramore
Bridlington Town's Joel Sutton and Brett Agnew v Handsworth Parramore

Bridlington Town battled back from a goal down at half-time to claim a superb 2-1 home NCEL Premier Division win against fifth-placed Handsworth Parramore on Tuesday evening.

Joel Sutton was fit enough to return to the starting line-up and, with Tim Taylor suspended, Harry Fox also came into the side.

Bridlington Town's Jordan Harrison tussles with Handsworth Parramore's Danny Buttle

Bridlington Town's Jordan Harrison tussles with Handsworth Parramore's Danny Buttle

Handsworth started well to gain four corners in the first few minutes but then first half was fairly even with the game going end-to-end.

Town claims for a penalty were turned down and Fox fired over instead of opting to square the ball to Brett Agnew, who was in a better position, but it was the visitors who went in front two minutes before half-time.

A break down the right by Simon Harrison allowed him time and space to deliver a low cross towards the penalty spot where the Premier Division’s leading scorer, Aaron Moxam, spun to fire past James Hitchcock.

The Seasiders brought on Jordan Harrison when the sides returned to the field and within three minutes the teams were back level.

Bridlington Town's Jamie Forrester v Handsworth Parramore

Bridlington Town's Jamie Forrester v Handsworth Parramore

Following a throw-in on the right the ball was played into the middle and although Sutton’s initial shot was blocked Andy Norfolk reacted the quickest to put the ball into the net.

Eight minutes later Sutton scored his 34th goal of the season when he cut in from the left and the Handsworth defence hesitated when there was a hint of hand-ball but Sutton was allowed to continue and struck the ball home.

Connor Smythe continued to protest to referee Darren Whatling and was booked for his efforts.

Handsworth had a good spell with Chris Jenkinson making a timely intervention when a break looked on and Town’s defence held firm.

Visiting goalkeeper Gary Stevens came out to kick clear as Sutton bore down on goal then he saved a low shot from Harrison.

The substitute was crowded out in the area after Tom Fleming had done some sterling work in defence before playing the ball forward.

In the closing stages Handsworth forced three corners but could not break through and Town held on to take all three points.

Bridlington Town: Hitchcock, Lewis, Walters, Forrester, Jenkinson, Knaggs, Norfolk, Fleming (c), Agnew (Day 76), Fox (Harrison 46), Sutton. Unused substitute: Bedford, Adams

This Saturday Town travel to Maltby Main to take on a side that are in 16th position but have won four and drawn two of their last seven games and will be looking to continue an upward trend.

Then on Tuesday night they take on Pocklington Town at the Roy West Centre in Hull in the semi-final of the East Riding FA Senior Cup.

This game has a 7.30pm kick-off and admission is £4 with concessions £2.