Bridlington Town 4
Heanor Town 3
NCEL Premier Division
IT WAS unconvincing but Bridlington Town recorded their seventh straight NCEL win on Tuesday night.
The visitors arrived on the back of a 5-0 home defeat at the weekend but they looked anything but lambs to the slaughter.
In fact, the Lions took the lead after 11 minutes, working the ball neatly along the 18-yard line before Ian Clarke’s shot took a deflection past Mark Wilberforce.
Town replied halfway through the first period. Chris Batchelor swung in a dangerous corner from the right and Nathan Cook rose at the back post to head home from four yards.
On a miserable night, Town were lacking width and were careless in possession, but they went into the interval ahead.
Chris Batchelor showed his quality again on 38 minutes, feigning to shoot with his left foot, whipping the ball on to his right, and squeezing a low shot into the corner from 25 yards.
When Wilberforce spilled Clarke’s free kick five minutes after the break, Kyle Bryant tapped in, but 10 minutes later came the goal of the game.
Sub Scott Phillips did well to dig a cross out by the corner flag, and an airborne Carl Stewart unleashed a flashing volley that went in via the underside of the crossbar.
Stewart returned the favour on 77 minutes, curling in a cracking cross between defenders and goalkeeper Simon Lillie that Scott Phillips prodded into the net.
But former Scarborough Atletic striker Ant Lynam came off the bench to make the last five minutes nervy, after he cut inside Mark Barber far too easily and drilled past Wilberforce.
Nowhere near their best, Town finished grateful for another three points.
Man of the match: Chris Batchelor