Three is the magic number for Town

Bridlington Town v Parkgate FC
Bridlington Town v Parkgate FC

Bridlington Town scored three for the fifth successive game, as they maintained their place in the top six of the NCEL Premier Division.

They started their run when they went down 4-3 at Pickering in mid-January, but have since gone on to record four straight wins at Queensgate.

It was far from a classic but Parkgate were always in with a shout of a point until substitute Lewis Poucher netted his first Town goal as the clock hit the 90-minute mark.

The Seasiders made light work of the fact they were missing three key players, with Chris Jenkinson unavailable, Ash Allanson still injured and Ombeni Ruhanduka still nursing a knock picked up while playing for his college side.

They started well, with their first raid seeing Tom Fleming outmuscle Michael Jones and said a long ball to Craig Hogg, but his cross was cut out at the near post by Parkgate keeper Peter Denton.

Chris Adams headed Danny Smith’s deep cross over the bar as the hosts did all of the early pressing.

Denton easily gathered Fleming’s low 25-yard shot before Parkgate finally got a foothold in the game.

Full back Andrew Waud burst forward and cut inside to try a left-footed shot which drifted past James Hitchcock’s near post.

Danny Brunton then did enough to stop Luke Johnson getting a clean shot away after the visitors broke down the left wing.

A good move involving Adams and Fleming ended with Conner Harman shot being comfortably saved by Denton.

Then the game burst into life with three goals in seven minutes.

A careless and unnecessary handball by Kane Doughty on the edge of his own area gave Town a free kick in an ideal spot.

Hogg strolled up casually and floated a precision free kick over the wall and into the far corner.

Within four minutes, Parkgate were level when Adam Stapleford-Jones volleyed over Hitchcock from 20 yards.

But Town simply went staright down the other end and restored their lead.

Chris Adams collected a low pass with his back to goal on the six yard line, before spinning sharply and lashing a shot past Denton.

Town emerged for the second half with the same attacking intent, but needed a third goal to kill the game off.

Denton dived to his right to beat away anotherFleming attempt before rushing from his line to make a block at Jarrod Smalley’s feet.

The Seasiders’ inability to put Parkgate out of reach almost proved costly when Ryan Johnson ran 30 yards beyond the Town defence but pushed his shot wide, and then Hitchcock sprang to his left to deny Luke Johnson.

Back went Town in search of the killer third goal, bringing on Will Waudby and Poucher as fresh attacking options.

A tempting pass by harman just evaded two Town team-mates on the six yard line and moments later Alex Knaggs diverted Eddy Birch’s corner wide at the back post.

But Parkgate went even closer. Sub Scott Whittington clipped the top of the crossbar from 20 yards after Smith and Birch had got in each other’s way trying to clear the ball.

Captain Fleming was booked after another installment in his ongoing battle with his opposite number Jones, who somehow escaped a yellow card during the afternoon.

Smith ran the length of the pitch to win yet another Brid corner but the set-pieces were failing to hurt Parkgate.

Then, with injury time approaching, Poucher pouched his first Town goal, side-footing home after good work by Adams by the corner flag.

Tough trips to Albion and high-flying Cleethorpes are up next but Town are in good form, scoring goals despite not seemingly being at their very best.