Striker Northern returns with bang as Town hit five

Bridlington Sports Club 1 Beverley Town 5
Bridlington Sports Club 1 Beverley Town 5

Beverley returned to league action after their National cup victory the previous week against Appleby FC

Town welcomed back Rob Northern after injury and 16-year-old Jamie Forrester after illness and Oliver Thane continued in goal due to the absence of Adam Nicholson who was away. Thane made it two 16-year-olds in the team and has yet to concede a goal this season

The league champions knew despite their lowly league position, Bridlington Sports Club would be a challenging game as the two previous fixtures between the sides have been extremely competitive.

Town started very brightly with Northern in particular being a constant threat.

The combination down the right in particular between Mike Dixon, Forester and Northern was producing some fine play.

In fact Northern could have had a hat-trick in the first 10 minutes, but a header and two right-footed efforts were tamely finished by his standards.

It was only a matter of time before Beverley took the lead and after good work by Forrester, the balled bounced kindly to Andrew Stott who volleyed in well from the edge of the box for his eighth goal of the season.

Stott has been an excellent acquisition in the summer from Hornsea Town, with his power, pace, and eye for a goal

Town were rampant now and in particular Northern, who despite missing early chances got himself once again one on one in the penalty area, dragged the ball passed the defender with his right foot, and drove the ball into the corner with his right.

Beverley were now in total control and dominated possession very well with captain Jon Ricardo, and Dane Mortimer initiating a number of attacks from the back.

It became three when a lovely reverse ball from Northern found the galloping Richard Gibson who held the Bridlington defender off well, to slide in his third goal of the campaign

The away team started the second half hoping to press home their advantage, and increase their goal difference.

Within 5fiveminutes of the restart they made it four when Northern expertly left his marker for dead to head home from Forester’s corner

They now had the luxury of making two substitutions, bringing off Forrester and Ben Thomson, to be replaced by Mike O’Connell and Jamie Waltham.

This showed the strength in depth of the squad with being able to bring on players of this calibre.

With the changes and a slight change tactically, the game began to turn into somewhat of training session, with Beverley seemingly being able to keep possession for the sake of it.

Sometimes a more attacking pass or dribble, became more of a square ball, or backwards ball.This was understandable though in the circumstances, with the home team struggling to get out of their own half.

Credit though must go to Bridlington who kept going in difficult conditions, and consistently threw their bodies in front of the ball to make defensive blocks.

And it was with a rare forage forward that a ball into the Beverley box was stabbed home by substitute Jake Day.

Town will be disappointing with this as it was Thane’s first goal he had conceded this season and only the second league goal they had let in all season from open play, which shows the outstanding defensive work the team constantly achieves.

The goal only roused Beverley though as they literally went down the other end to increase their lead, when O’Connell slipped a little ball into Northern who darted in to the area to complete his hat-trick.

This completed and outstanding afternoon for the striker who hasn’t kicked a ball since the end of August

Beverley next week travel to Bishop Burton to take on Westella and Willerby in the East Riding Senior Cup

Beverley Town Reserves entertained St Georges FC in an end-to-end affair, with Town coming back from 4-2 down to win 5-4.

Dan Walker grabbed the first, followed by a first-half own goal. In the second half Walker got his second, captain Matt Dixon and Asa Pardoe completed the scoring.

This result takes Beverley second in league and they remain unbeaten.