Joel Sutton struck twice as Bridlington Town eased into the third round of the NCEL League Cup by beating Athersley Recreation.
The two teams had met three times already this season, with each encounter being reasonably fiery, but this was a far more tame affair which did not see a single yellow card produced.
Town were on top throughout, enjoying the vast majority of possession and creating far more scoring chances. But for all their neat, intricate football, it was ironic that both goals were as a result of long, direct passes and the pace of teenager striker Sutton.
His first arrived on 19 minutes. Town cleared an Athersley corner and Craig Hogg chested down the long punt on the halfway line. Sutton picked up the ball and raced towards the visitors’ goal.
Rec had two defenders back, but Sutton’s quick feet embarrassed them, as Lyle Cook tackled his own captain Ryan White, instead of the striker. They both ended up on the floor in a comedy moment, as Sutton was left alone to stride into the penalty area and despatch a low shot across Shaun Penn and into the far corner.
After dominating the opening 45 minutes, the closest Town came to a second was when James Bennett made surging run and unleashed a powerful shot which drew a flying save from Penn.
The second half began with Town creating a number of good opportunities. A sweeping passing move across the pitch, ended with Sutton supplying a deep cross from the left wing which was met at the back stick by Joel Ramm, but his volley was well saved.
Then a pass from Rikki Paylor, enjoying his best game in a Town shirt, freed Sutton, who rounded the keeper but was forced wide, and from a narrow angle, he screwed his shot across the face of the gaping goal and wide.
It was third time lucky for The Seasiders, as Paylor sprayed another long pass forward, and Sutton got to the ball ahead of Penn, who had darted off his line.
Sutton looped the ball high in the air over the stranded keeper, and it dropped under the crossbar and into the net.
Athersley had shown plenty of effort, but it wasn’t until halfway through the second period that Town keeper Philip Dobson was required to make his first, and only real, save of the night. But it was a cracker.
He dived to his right and at full stretch kept Adam White’s effort out, before Levi Ripley hit the post with the rebound, and the move ended with a third attempt, by Ryan White, which was straight at Dobson, who had recovered and was back in position.
Town could have sewn the match up, after a lovely move involving Bennett and Ash Allanson, who had been introduced as a surprise substitute, less than a month after deciding to take a break from football.
Bennett’s low cross found Hogg six yards out, but his shot bounced off his heel and ended up well off target.
Athersley looked for a goal which would have set up an interesting finale, but when sub Daniel Joynes blasted over from 12 yards out, their chance had gone, and Town will face Worksop Parramore at home in round three.