Bridlington Tigers 0
Bridlington Snooker Centre 1
Driffield League Division One
A LOCAL derby was hyped up further with it being a replayed game from earlier in the season.
Tigers went into this game confident, and to the surprise of the unbeaten Snooks, the home side put up a good fight.
Snooks were without some key players and the first half was end to end good football played in good spirit by both teams.
Both teams were having to dig deep in the early stages with some great battles all over the pitch.
There was an intriguing battle between Steven Laws and Danny Gilson and captain Dale Nelthorpe and John Burgess in the midfield, with the Tigers duo tackling hard and not letting Snooks have a chance to break through.
Jack Tye and Jason Ridley were on form down the flanks crossing some good balls into the box for Darren Wilde and Marcus Garcia to cause problems but only to be cleared away by Snooks’ solid defending,
Blood sweat and tears were the name of the game and the Snooker Centre back four were up for it, protecting Scott Cooper’s area.
The second half started much the same as the first with both teams hunting for that first goal.
Darren Wilde made way for Neil Freeman who did make an impact to the game chasing down every ball causing the Snooks’ defence some hassle.
The visitors had a late arrival Danny Brown, who quickly got kitted up to give some attacking firepower up top.
Some slick play from Laws saw him bearing down on goal, only to see his effort slip wide past the far post.
Both teams were still playing some really good passing football with both keepers on their toes.
Tye and Garcia came off for Bruce Harding and Simon Lowe, and Alex Etherington brought himself on for the tiring Sam Sutcliffe.
With five minutes to go, Etherington won a challenge and poked the ball to Danny Bint who shimmied his hips to gain a yard only to have his feet whipped from underneath him
Confidently, Steven Laws picked up the ball and arrowed the penalty home to the bottom left of the goal.
From kick off Tigers drove the ball into the box for Bruce Harding to control and shoot only to see his effort blocked by a defender’s hand.
The ref’s whistle went but only to give an offside.
Tigers’ manager’s comments: “Far from beaten lads a solid performance by the whole squad. Draw would have been a fair result.”
Man of the match: John Grainger
Manager’s man of the match: Dale Nelthorpe
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Snooker Centre manager’s comments: “Tigers felt robbed but Snooks had been the better side. 12 points clear with four games to play, surely that’s the league wrapped up. Onwards to the cups for more silverware!
Referee’s man of the match: Steven Laws
Manager’s men of the match: Jonny Brown and Jody Chapman
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