Bridlington Snooker Centre 4
Bridlington Excelsior 3
Don Bemrose Trophy Final
WHAT A cracking final this turned out to be, between two evenly matched sides watched by a good crowd
On a lovely surface, Snooker Centre were looking to collect two trophies on the night as they were already collecting the Driffield League Premier Division title
With Danny Brown out through injury and skipper Jonny Brown on holiday, Snooks drafted Graham Deegan in, and also welcomed back Jody Chapman who took the armband for the evening.
Excelsiors were the first to settle and pinned Snooker Centre back in their own half, but couldn’t find a way through a well organised defence.
Snooks then began to see more of the ball and from their first attack Lee Williamson crossed from the left and Jack Hudson-Bowe’s effort was spilled for Ben I’anson to notch.
I’anson then centred a ball which Hudson Bowe dummied to leave Lee Williamson one-on-one with the keeper and he produced a very confident finish to make it 2-0.
Excels heads were starting to drop as yet another Snooks attack saw I’anson again breaking free to deliver a ball for Williamson to grab his second with a neat finish at the near post.
3-0 down after half an hour and Excelsiors looked beaten but Joe Watson then threw them a lifeline heading in from the back post. then Mikey Tate went close shaving the near post with a thunderous shot
Excelsior had to be at their best to get back into the game, in the second half and they could have been level Tate then Sanderson going close.
Snooker Centre had their own chances but Rob Emms and I’anson just missed the target.
The next goal would be crucial and Excelsior pulled one back as Jon Wright found himself as the spare man and headed home from close range.
The game was wide open now and both sides continued to play good football, and Excelsior pressed to get on level terms but Snooker Club caught them on the break and got a fourth goal.
Williamson again collected the ball and laid it off to sub Danny Bint who squared for I’anson to lash the ball home.
Again, Excels came back and Danny Anderson scored with a well taken free kick.
The last 10 minutes saw Excels pile on the pressure but Snooker club held on for the win in a thrilling final.
Snooks have now won the league and League Cup and play in the quarter final of the Challenge Cup which they currently hold from last year.
Snooker Centre manager Alex Etherington said: “Graham Deegan and Jody Chapman were immense at the back today, but the whole team worked for each other. Some great performances.”
Excelsior manager Joe Emms said: “I couldn’t have asked for any more commitment from the lads.
“It was just too much to get back after conceding three quick goals but what a terrific game of football.”
Man of the match: Ben I’anson
Snooker Centre sponsors: Bridlington Late Night Pharmacy and MJJ Elelctrical
Excelsior sponsors: The Telegraph