Bridlington Town brought the curtain down on their away league programme with a fairly comfortable victory away to Nostell Miners’ Welfare and at the same time ended the host’s six-match unbeaten run.
Two Craig Hogg tap-ins inside the first 11 minutes meant the result was hardly in doubt but it was not until the 71st minute that substitute Ombeni Ruhanduka capped the win with a half volley.
Town made four changes to the side that fought valiantly for a draw at Shaw Lane in midweek and got off to the perfect start by taking the lead in the fourth minute.
Nostell gained two early corners and from one Tom Fleming cleared the ball before it was played forward to Chris Adams on the left flank. Adams went past defender Wayne Ball and drew out former Town goalkeeper Ben Saynor before squaring to Craig Hogg for an easy finish.
Seven minutes later Fleming fed Ash Allanson and although he appeared to be pulled back referee Nicholas Hawksby allowed play to continue and another simple ball into the path of Hogg enabled him to double both his and his side’s tally.
Town continued to enjoy most of the possession and a run and shot by Adams ended with Ball heading behind for a corner while Hogg put in a good cross that drifted past the far post and Josh Heseltine’s dangerous ball into the area was gratefully headed back to his goalkeeper by defender Jack Fisher.
Nostell’s best effort came when skipper Rob Bordman’s run along the 18-yard line drew a foul from Chris Jenkinson but Bordman’s free kick went a foot over the bar from just outside the penalty area.
Hogg managed to get clear and his hat trick seemed on but a bad bobble of the ball meant the chance was lost.
Five minutes from half time Heseltine’s foul on Tony Doran was one too many for ref Hawksby and he responded by showing the defender a yellow card.
As the half came to a close, an Eddy Birch corner was headed wide at the far post by Jenkinson, who headed another corner back across goal only for Ryan Nicholls to have a similar outcome.
After the break, Fleming collected a pass from Hogg and drove forward to the by line before putting in a cross that was cleared by Fisher then a Nostell free kick from the left wing was deflected behind for a corner.
Just before the hour mark Town made a double substitution with Ruhanduka and Will Waudby coming on to replace Hogg and Adams.
Just 10 minutes after coming on the two substitutes conjured up the third goal. Waudby gained possession by taking the ball off Matthew Johnson and pressed down the left before putting in a long cross that found Ruhanduka on the right of goal. His first touch appeared to have lost him the chance but he recovered quickly to hook the ball past Saynor.
Bordman went on a run on the right of the penalty area that took him towards the six-yard box where a recovering tackle by Danny Brunton, who had earlier been booked, gave Nostell their third corner of the half. Bordman was booked for dissent as he vehemently claimed that he had been fouled in the process.
Ruhanduka went close to getting a fourth goal for the Seasiders’ but his effort was deflected behind for a corner.
Both sides now have their respective County FA Cup Finals to look forward to but before then Nostell have to play two sides with title aspirations, while Town end the league campaign on Saturday with a home game against bottom side Glasshoughton Welfare.
After the Glasshoughton game, the Seasiders’ annual presentation night will take place in the clubhouse at around 7:30pm. All welcome.
Following the presentations, there is entertainment in the shape of a Wrong Comedy Evening performed by Bob Walsh and friends, who earned five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Entry on Saturday night is free but the comedy is for over 18s only and not for the easily offended.