Seasiders hit seven past struggling Brigg

Chris Adams scored twice.
Chris Adams scored twice.

Bridlington Town blew struggling Brigg Town away with a devastating first-half display that some them score five times in just over half an hour.

The visitors stunned Queensgate by taking an early lead, but the Seasiders managed an immediate equaliser and never looked back.

Town's Will Waudby after his equalising goal against Brigg Town

Town's Will Waudby after his equalising goal against Brigg Town

From 5-1 up at half time, the second half was always likely to be an anti-climax, but the hosts struck twice more to move up to second in the NCEL Premier table.

After Tim Taylor fired over early on, Brigg opened the scoring from a corner in the ninth minute.

The six-yard box was crowded, but the kick was swung further out and Scott Hellewell headed down to Paul Grimes who swept the ball home while off balance.

Crucially, the Zebras’ lead leasted only two minutes. Will Waudby had dropped back to left back for this match but he motored forward to collect a pass from Chris Adams, stepped inside Alex Rookyard and side-footed past Jody Barford from the corner of the six-yard box.

Town players congratulate Will Waudby (3) after his equalising goal v Brigg Town

Town players congratulate Will Waudby (3) after his equalising goal v Brigg Town

Midway through the half, Town went in front. Joel Sutton robbed Anthony Bowsley on the byline and presented Adams with a tap-in for his first goal since returning from his travels.

Roles were reversed on 33 minutes, when Adams cushioned an excellent Benn Lewis cross into the path of Sutton and he lashed home Brid’s third.

Before that, Adams had been denied by Barford and the impressive Conner Harman had shaved the post.

Brigg still caused an occasional threat. Grimes fired over the bar after another corner caused problems and Luke Anderson should have nodded into an empty net when a free kick looped over James Hitchcock, but the Brigg striker headed off the line rather than over it.

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

And Bridlington were out of sight 10 minutes before half time. Tom Fleming, Sutton and Adams linked up well, and when Adams unselfishly passed to Sutton, it looked like the chance had gone but he was afforded a second bite of the cherry and smashed the ball past Barford.

Sutton almost completed a six-minute hat-trick but Brigg’s keeper saved his shot from the edge of the area.

Proof that it was not Brigg’s day arrived a minute before the break. Barford’s clearance bounced off Adams and rolled into the net.

With such a comfortable lead, town had the luxury of taking captain Fleming off for the second half. The bad news for Brigg was that his replacement was Andy Norfolk, who has scored 11 goals already this campaign.

Jody Barford with a save from a Chris Adams shot

Jody Barford with a save from a Chris Adams shot

The sub’s powerful run into the penalty area brought another save from Barford, who also thwarted Adams’ effort to complete his hat-trick.

Town had to wait until the 70th minute to add to their tally. A lovely touch by Norfolk sent Adams away down the left and his low cross was turned into his own net by defender Scott Matthews.

Five minutes later it was seven. Waudby still had the energy to drive forward from full back and his centre gave sub Jamie Reeson the chance to score from close range.

It was perhaps the easiest of Bridlington’s 13 wins in their last 16 games.

Worksop’s surprise 3-2 defeat at Maltby Main means the Seasiders are up to second, and they travel to Worksop this Saturday.

Leaders Tadcaster still have at three games in hand on their title rivals.