Mitch Cook enjoyed a winning return to Queensgate as his Pickering Town team edged out free-falling Bridlington.
A deflected strike by Pikes captain Jamie Patterson, midway through the first half, was the only goal of the game, although the hosts will feel they did enough to earn a point.
The visitors were neater and more composed on the ball but The Seasiders created more chances, and better chances, but couldn’t prevent themselves slipping to a fifth straight defeat.
Full back Chris Batchelor, one of a number of players who have appeared for both sides in recent years, tried his luck early on with an audacious lob from 40 yards which Brid keeper Philip Dobson scrambled back to tip over the bar.
At the other end, an awful back pass from Niall Tinsley let in Craig Hogg but Tom Woodward beat away his shot. The Pikes keeper was a busy man in the opening 20 minutes, as he also parried an effort from Joel Sutton, and denied the lively Jarrod Smalley, after he had linked up well down the right with captain Tom Fleming.
Having weathered the early storm, Pickering took the lead on 20 minutes. Patterson’s shot from 20 yards diverted off Craig Palmer’s head and beyond Dobson.
Joel Ramm could have replied straight away but he blazed over, and after that Pickering had a spell in control of proceedings. They kept possession smartly, and were only denied a second by a last-ditch intervention by Palmer, who whipped the ball off Patterson’s toes as he was about to fire at goal.
The busy Lewis Taylor curled an effort just wide, but the away side needed Woodward to ensure they stayed ahead at the interval, as he saved his best save for last, diving to his left to turn away Hogg’s low drive.
Bridlington’s Smalley saw a shot deflected over the bar and Ash Allanson fizzed another effort just too highy, either side of the break, but while the football on show was entertaining, clear-cut chances were reasonably scarce.
A brilliant tackle by Palmer thwarted Josh Greening as he looked likely to threaten the hosts for too many risky passes around their own box, and having survived that, Bridlington looked to find an equaliser in the last 10 minutes.
An enterprising Sutton run won a corner which came to nothing, and a great pass by Tom Lee opened the way for Fleming, but he chose to cut the ball back, instead of shooting, and there was no-one in a red shirt to get on the end of the chance.
Ramm pushed forward and shot over, but it was Pickering who came closest to scoring in injury time but Paul Fraser, who had replaced the injured Dobson at half-time, made an excellent save to stop Taylor.