A season which Bridlington Town couldn’t wait to see the back of, ended with defeat to a team they must aim to emulate next time around.
The Seasiders had to face champions Brighouse twice in the final six days of their league campaign, and gatecrashed their title celebrations by winning 1-0 in West Yorkshire on Easter Monday.
But Brighouse showed why they have earned top spot with a ruthless revenge at Queensgate on Saturday.
The visitors took the lead inside 10 minutes, when former Hull City striker Jason Price made the most of a clumsy challenge by Mark Griffin and Ryan Hall converted the penalty.
Skipper Chris Jenkinson, who was a surprise choice on free kick duty, swerved a set piece round the wall but Jacob Giles beat it away.
Brighouse doubled their lead on 29 minutes. Philip Dobson failed to collect a cross and when the ball was turned back into the danger zone, Luke Gibson’s shot found the net, with the help of a deflection.
But Bridlington found an unlikely way back into the game, with help from referee Paul Cook. He awarded an incredibly soft penalty when Joel Sutton fell with Sam Hewitt nearby and the striker got up and hit his spot-kick straight down the middle and in off Giles’ shin.
Early sub Jarrod Smalley could have pulled Brid level but snatched at his shot, and within minutes the two-goal advantage had been restored.
Tyrone Gay flicked on Gibson’s corner and although Dobson parried Price’s effort, top scorer Tom Matthews pounced from close range for his 43rd of the season.
It became 4-1 shortly after the break when Hall added his second after beating the offside trap and slotting home.
Gibson struck again with 20 minutes left, scoring direct from a right-wing corner, despite Shaun Day’s efforts to clear at the near post.
But Town kept going and Craig Hogg ensured that he and Sutton would share the club’s top scorer title when he latched on to his strike partner’s pass and swept the ball across Giles.
He could have added another from an identical position soon afterwards, but he tried to cross instead of shooting and none of his team-mates could find a touch to divert it into the net.
The scoring concludedon 83 minutes and it was ll down to Gibson. He went on a weaving run from the halfway line and skipped past three defenders before being brought down.
He got up and thumped the free kick past a flimsy looking wall and into the bottom corner.
Bridlington went in search of another consolation but Joel Ramm’s 25-yarder was straight at Giles and the keeper also fielded a chip from Hogg.
Town ended the season without a win in their final seven games but now have two weeks rest before the East Riding Senior Cup final against North Ferriby.