Bridlington Town Reserves’ teenage forwards made the most of starting a game together as they inspired their side to a 4-1 win over Hunters FC Reserves in East Riding Intermediate Cup.
Nathan Pickering, Frankie Reffold and Tom Coates shared the man of the match award after causing chaos in the Hunters defence.
It was the team’s first game of 2016, and this showed in the first 20 minutes as they looked rusty in the quarter-final clash at East Riding College, struggling to get going and string passes together.
Hunters came at Town and their early pressure culminated in the visitors taking the lead after a mix up in defence allowed the Hunters striker to nip in and score from close range.
Hunters had another couple of chances to to extend their lead until Town shook off their slow start and got a grip of the game.
Coates went clear on the left only to be brought down and from the resulting free kick Liam Fraser put it in the top corner when everyone, including the keeper, was expecting a cross.
Reffold then doubled Town’s lead with a well taken goal.
The three youngsters kept causing Hunters problems with their pace and strength and it was Coates who got Town’s third.
The hosts were now in control and looking very comfortable. They introduced Sam Jones, who was returning from a lengthy spell from injury and made it four when Coates crossed and Tom Gregory was at the back post and made no mistake
Minutes later, Gregory was replaced by the returning Josh Barnes and Chris Eyre replaced Fraser and the fresh legs did Hunters no favours as Town created more chances to extend the lead.
A good all round team performance and some much needed game time under Town’s belts before returning to league action this week against title rivals Beverley Town Reserves.
The two sides are first and second in East Riding County League Premier Division but a win for Bridlington will put them six points clear of Beverley with two games in hand.