Seasiders hit a magnificent seven

Bridlington Town 2013/14

Bridlington Town 2013/14

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Bridlington Town bounced back from Saturday’s stalemate against Parkgate by rattling in seven goals against lowly Nostell Miners Welfare.

An eight-minute hat-trick by Joel Sutton set them on their way in the first half, as the Seasiders restored some much-needed confidence.

Tom Fleming, Frank Belt, Rikki Paylor and Ash Allanson also got their names on the scoresheet as Town showed glimpses of their best form.

Joel Sutton skewed an early shot wide and Nostell’s Franck Zalo blasted over at the other end.

A wonderful move involving Sutton, Scott Phillips and Frank Belt carved Nostell open down the right flank, but the final cross was slightly behind the advancing Danny Brunton with the goal gaping.

And quick as a flash, Nostell counter attacked. Tom Jackson found himself in acres of room and his shot from the corner of the penalty area took a deflection as it flashed past Mark Wilberforce.

Stunned to be behind to a team who had lost their opening seven games, Bridlington hit back when Sutton was one-on-one with Gavin Ansley, but the keeper blocked with his feet.

Zalo headed over for the visitors before an unmarked Chris Jenkinson guided his effort over the bar from a short corner.

Town forced a series of corners but few clear-cut chances in the opening 20 minutes, the closest to an equaliser coming when Jenkinson headed just wide from another flag kick.

Then the captain took the game by the scruff of the neck. Tom Fleming picked up a half-clearance, skipped past a challenge and curled a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Ash Allanson was off target minutes later from a similar position, before Jamie Ord hit a ferocious 30-yard drive which was probably further away than it looked.

Then Sutton changed the course of the game with two long-range goals in three minutes. Firstly, he fired a low shot past Ansley from 30 yards and then added another contender to his own personal goal of the season competition with a well-controlled volley from the edge of the area on the half-hour mark.

The Seasiders had found their rhythm and only an offside flag ended a lovely passing move which ended with Phillips tapping in Belt’s cross.

But Nostell had no such luck on 36 minutes when Phillips passed from the right and Sutton completed a quick-fire hat-trick by composing himself and blasting past Ansley.

A baffling end to the half arrived when referee Richard West blew his whistle for the interval, just as Phillips was about to knock in a rebound when Ansley spilled another Sutton effort after a smart dummy and turn.

In the second half, Rikki Paylor dispossessed Tom Hope but couldn’t control his shot, before hat-trick hero Sutton departed to be replaced by Jack Hudson-Bowe.

He did well to create a chance for Phillips, but he arrowed an effort over the bar, before Nostell pulled a goal back as Nash Connolly was gifted far too much room to scoop a shot over Wilberforce.

The tempo of the game dipped but Phillips and Hudson-Bowe linked up well down the left and earned a free kick for handball but Frank Belt’s attempt drifted wide.

But Belt produced a moment of class on 69 minutes, collecting a pass from Fleming and sending a shot from 25 yards into the top corner to restore the three-goal lead.

Ansley scrambled to save another effort from Belt, who was relishing being moved further upfield, and the move ended with a free kick to Town on the left wing. Allanson’s low delivery resulted in a spot of pinball in the six-yard box before Rikki Paylor opened his account for the Seasiders by tapping home from close range.

Town piled forward and from a corner played back to the edge of the area, Allanson’s shot was deflected into the net by sub Joe Sutherland on 80 minutes.

lo headed over for the visitors before an unmarked Chris Jenkinson guided his effort over the bar from a short corner.