Seasiders pegged back by Thackley in six-goal thriller

Bridlington Town round-up
Bridlington Town round-up

Third-placed Bridlington Town were pegged back to a 3-3 draw by their closest rivals in Tuesday’s NCEL Premier Division clash at Thackley.

With at least 12 more games to be played before the end of the season influential skipper Tom Fleming was rested and fellow midfielders Nicky McNamara and Louis Kirk were ruled out with injuries.

Alex Knaggs moved into midfield with Kurtis Bedford coming into a central defensive position and Tim Taylor operated alongside Knaggs.

Town gained five corners in the first 10 minutes but were unable to take advantage of some excellent deliveries and fell behind in the 18th minute when a ball into their area was fired in by Matthew Broadley.

Five minutes later the scores were back level after a long clearance from Benn Lewis was headed on by Agnew and Joel Sutton’s half-volley did the rest.

Captain Chris Jenkinson made two vital clearances following some indecision by keeper James Hitchcock and it was Jenkinson who put the visitors in front six minutes before half-time.

Thackley conceded a free- kick out on the right, midway in their own half, and a perfectly-flighted ball from Jamie Forrester was converted at the far post by Jenkinson’s header.

Five minutes into the second period Adam Jones had a free header at the far post from a cross by Broadley and directed it into goal to equalise but the hosts’ joy was short-lived as two minutes later Town were back in front.

Forrester was again the provider when his low ball in found Taylor with his back to goal and he swivelled to strike the ball into the bottom corner.

The Seasiders made two substitutions but Thackley finally got the equaliser they had been searching for.

Agnew was the victim of a late tackle as the home side pressed but play was allowed to continue and, after a throw-in was given to Thackley on the right, the ball was played out to the left and from the cross Luke O’Brien snatched a third for the home side.

Both sides went close in the dying minutes with Hitchcock saving a shot by Jones then from a Jack Walters free-kick Agnew hit the bar after two attempts had been blocked.

Brid Town: Hitchcock, Lewis, Walters, Knaggs, Jenkinson (c), Bedford, Harrison (Norfolk), Forrester (Fox), Agnew, Taylor, Sutton (Adams). Unused substitute: Blakeston.

Attendance: 90

Town will have to stop a striker who has already netted 50 goals this season if they are to reach the final of the NCEL League Cup.

The Seasiders’ semi-final opponents, AFC Emley, have hot-shot striker Ashley Flynn in their ranks. He has already reached a half-century this season, after scoring 73 goals in 2015/16.

The last-four tie will be played at Queensgate on Tuesday, April 18. Bridlington are the only Premier Division team left in the competition.

Town play host to struggling Rainworth MW in the league on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.