Sports Club remain unbeaten in 2014

Westella and Willerby 1 Bridlington Sports Club 2
Westella and Willerby 1 Bridlington Sports Club 2

Sports Club played their first away game of 2014 against bottom of the league Westella and Willerby who, despite their league position, included a number of first team players and new additions to the squad.

The six-pointer started slowly with the home team applying the first few signs of pressure down the wings which were dealt with easily by Barber and Bogle.

The early pressure was interrupted when a clash between Ben Gregory and the opposing striker resulted in Gregory being punched in the box which was seen by the linesman and referee but resulted in a yellow card for both players, to Sports Club’s surprise.

The opposing player’s reprieve was short lived and before the referee had finished talking to both players, he had thrown another punch at Gregory who fell to floor.

Sports Club immediately took advantage of the extra player by retaining possession, although the majority of passes were kept between the back four of Wood, Barber, Bogle and Gregory as the visitors couldn’t break down the organised home team.

Webb tried to open the scoring with a positive run, resulting in an excellent cross which couldn’t be met by Eyres or Wallace.

Then, some excellent hold up play by Wallace produced a quality lay-off for Dixon who saw his bending shot go just over.

As the half progressed Sport Club became more frustrated with the lack of chances being created and the failure to keep the ball in the opponents’ final third.

Just before half time an excellent cross field ball from Dixon to Webb created some space but again the away team failed to create a clear cut chance.

Sports Club came out for the second half with more confidence and a better work rate, pressing Westella high up the pitch and forcing some errors in the home team’s defence.

The increased pressure resulted in more chances with Webb having one chance go wide and another tipped over for corner. Dixon also went close when a break away from the halfway line saw his shot with his weaker foot go straight to the keeper.

The deadlock was finally broken when a good one-two between Jackson and Webb resulted in a corner which McEwan delivered with quality on to the forceful head of Bemrose who scored his second in three games.

The goal forced the home team to change formation, moving back to two forwards, and this opened the game creating more half chances for both teams.

Westella drew level when a 20-yard strike straight at Mallen took an awkward bounce on the 3G artificial surface and skidded between the keeper’s legs.

The equaliser knocked Sports Club’s momentum and the home team looked for a second with the game becoming increasingly open in the final 20 minutes.

Sports Club were forced into a substitution when Shane Barber and Warrick Davis went in for a 50/50 that resulted in a head injury requiring stitches for Barber. S

Despite this, they still looked the most likely to score with chances for Eyres and Webb being saved before Tom Gregory headed wide of an open goal from four yards out.

The winner finally came when a deep cross was met by the nose of Eyres to force over the line from close range giving him his fourth goal in three games.

Westella should have gone down to nine players when a late tackle from Tom Gregory saw the opposition captain push Gregory in face but the referee decided not to produce another red.

Sports Club defended well in the final moments and Wallace displayed good strength to hold the ball up and run down time maintaining the unbeaten start to 2014.

Man of the match: Ben Gregory