Bridlington Town 0
Hall Road Rangers 1
DISAPPOINTING Town fell to a second defeat in a week in a scrappy performance at home to Hall Road Rangers in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
The game began amid a flat atmosphere after word spread around the ground that assistant manager Phil Harrison had decided to step down from his role.
Town lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Ged Dalton and Josh Greening either side of Craig Hogg, but all three struggled to get into the game in the early stages as the ball bobbled around the midfield.
The first notable effort on goal was a turn and shot from Hogg from 25 yards, but Hall Road keeper Adam Nicklin saved comfortably.
Neither side could fashion a chance in the opening 20 minutes, the closest thing to a goal when Wayne Aziz and Carl Cook misjudged a free-kick lofted into the Town box. Both players went for the same ball, and were fortunate the ball trickled wide of Paul Fraser’s goal.
Both teams were restricted to efforts from outside the box, with Nathan Cook firing wide for Town and Carl Cook firing high over the bar from more than 30 yards after a Josh Greening cross was cleared.
Hogg again went close on the half-hour mark, but his two close range efforts were blocked.
But it was Hall Road who looked the most dangerous towards the end of the half as they grew in confidence, and they took the lead when midfielder Grant Normington smashed the ball past Fraser from 25 yards.
At half time Craig Palmer replaced Tom Lee at centre half, and Town came out of the traps quickest with some quick passing getting them into decent positions around the Hall Road box.
On 50 minutes, another change at the back was made when Lee Wright replaced Carl Cook at left back, followed seven minutes later by the introduction of James Bennett in place of Ged Dalton.
Brid still lacked a killer ball despite Hall Road conceding territory, with Hogg looking increasingly isolated up front.
Town had a good chance to equalise on 73 minutes when Josh Greening did well to keep in a ball down the right hand side, wriggling through a challenge and squared the bal.
It squirmed to Ash Allanson, who had looked impressive in the midfield for Brid, but his hard low shot hit the legs of Rangers keeper Nicklin when he looked beaten.
Hogg fashioned one more good chance for himself, taking the ball with his back to goal, spinning round a challenge and unleashing a curling effort that looked destined for the top corner until Nicklin pulled off a superb one-handed save.
As they tired to force extra-tim, Town didn’t manage to create another clear cut chance with Rangers’ defence dropping deeper into their own penalty area to protect their lead.
Town: Fraser, Patterson, Aziz, Lee (Palmer), C. Cook (Wright), N. Cook, Fleming, Allanson, Greening, Dalton (Bennett), Hogg
PHIL Harrison has confirmed he is leaving his role as assistant manager.
Harrison told the Free Press: “I have called it a day, I’ve just not got the time to commit myself to the job.
“I am going to stay signed on for the season, and I’ll make it down to as many games as I can.”
He has been assistant manager for the last three years, made his debut on January 8, 2000, against Louth United and has played more than 500 games for the club.