Barton Town Old Boys 2
Bridlington Town 2
THIS was a hard fought F.A. Cup tie at the Euronics Stadium that brought about Tuesday’s replay at Queensgate and Barton Town could count themselves the unluckier of the two sides not to progress to the next stage at the first time of asking.
They were in control of the game more than Bridlington, but as in their match at Long Eaton on Tuesday night, they were prone to lose concentration.
Bridlington came into the game on the back of the 7-0 thumping of Selby last week while the hosts had lost 3-1 on Tuesday after leading 1-0 and looking comfortable.
Barton made three changes with Phil Lake, Matty Fyvie and Rob Northern giving way to Kallum Radley, Liam Davis and Simon Spencer while Brid manager Mitch Cook asked Jamie Patterson to replace the unavailable Danny Brunton at left back.
Craig Palmer again operated alongside Tom Lee in the centre of defence.
Bridlington were the first to show, gaining a free kick in the Barton half when Jamie Atkinson felled Ash Allanson but from James Bennett’s kick, Nathan Cook drove high and wide.
Jamie Patterson then played in Josh Greening on the left, and although he managed to get past two opponents, he was never fully in control of the ball and it ran out over the by-line.
Barton came back with a couple of attacks but were unable to break through the visiting defence until an offside flag stayed down allowing Simon Spencer to get in on goal only to see his effort parried by Mark Wilberforce and after some indecision in the Bridlington defence Patterson finally got the ball clear.
Richard Medcalf did well to win the ball 30 yards out but his pass to Gareth Barlow was wasted as the striker had drifted into an offside position.
Barton won the first corner of the game on 12 minutes and after Davis’ flag kick had eluded a crowded goal mouth, Barlow could only head into the side-netting at the far post.
After 15 minutes, however, Gareth Barlow made amends by opening his account when Medcalf put him in the clear and the prolific striker hit the ball past Wilberforce to notch his fifth goal of the season.
Allanson tried to make progress in the home half and rode three rash tackles before he was finally brought down to gain a harmless free kick.
The Old Boys tried to press to home their advantage and Davis turned on the edge of the penalty area to get in a shot that was deflected for a corner and as the Seasiders’ struggled to get the ball away two more corners ensued.
A move down the left flank involving Patterson, Allanson and Greening ended with a free kick, which was cleared, being given to the visitors.
Matty Oswin was cautioned for arguing with a linesman then minutes later the Barton manager was warned for throwing the ball away after it went out for a Bridlington throw-in near the home dugout.
Craig Hogg and Tom Lee had efforts that went wide and over the bar respectively, and after some neat work Hogg passed to Greening whose ball in was poor and easily dealt with.
Both sides probed for an opening with Allanson shooting wide then Patterson gave the ball away to Davis but the defender recovered to retrieve it.
Patterson combined with Allanson down the left before crossing to Greening whose overhead kick was on target but well saved by Bramley then Greening had a good ball in cleared by James Tomlinson following a neat build-up.
Cook drove wide after another good move between Allanson, Fleming and Hogg then Hogg failed to gain control of the ball after taking a return pass from Greening.
Barlow had a chance to double the score when he got in on goal and Wilberforce was quick to react and block the attempt with his legs.
Another opportunity almost fell to him when Lee misjudged the bounce but Palmer was on hand to tidy up.
Just before the break the striker got in on the left but fired into the side net instead of crossing.
Former Bridlington favourite Ash Dexter cleared the first attack of the second half and at the other end Medcalf shot straight at Wilberforce from outside the area.
Barton made a quick counter-attack between Barlow, Medcalf and Spencer after Jason Mycoe had won the ball in his own area but Medcalf wasted the opportunity.
Lee put Aziz away down the right but he was never fully in control and after a lucky deflection he could only run the ball out for a goal kick.
Greening saw an effort saved by Bramley after a move involving Aziz, Bennett and Fleming.
Barlow also let the ball run too far when he was clear in the area and Wilberforce was able to collect, he then wasted another chance on the right.
Both managers made substitutions in their attempts to gain the upper hand but still the frustrations continued.
Wilberforce foiled Barlow again then the number nine was again involved in a move that resulted in Oswin putting an effort over the bar with the outside of his boot.
After Ged Dalton had missed the target and Davis had wasted a free kick by firing over a goal finally came after 70 minutes when the visitors equalised.
Hogg did well to keep possession on the edge of the Barton penalty area before laying the ball off for Ash Allanson to drive it past Bramley’s left hand side into the bottom corner of the net.
Dalton then had a chance to put Bridlington ahead but could not hit the target.
Seven minutes after their first goal Bridlington went in front when substitute Ged Dalton appeared to be tripped inside the penalty area and although referee Mr. Bell looked uninterested his assistant signalled for a spot-kick. Hogg stepped up to convert the kick via Bramley’s left hand post to give the visitors the initiative.
The lead was short-lived, however, when another former Bridlington player James Tomlinson, who had been outstanding, took advantage of some hesitant defending to level the scores after eighty minutes. A minute later Tomlinson blotted his copy-book when he was cautioned for a foul on Cook.
The Seasiders’ tried to win the tie but Bramley caught a header from Lee then the custodian went down to gather the ball at the feet of Allanson. He also raced out of his goal to punch clear from a free kick.
Two minutes from time Palmer committed a foul on Tomlinson to follow his captain Tom Fleming, who had been cautioned earlier, into the referee’s notebook.
In a frantic finish Bramley went down to gather at Allanson’s feet and the midfielder was just wide following a free kick.
Barton Town Old Boys: Bramley (c), Radley (Young 86), Mycoe, Atkinson, Dexter, Oswin, Davis, Tomlinson, Barlow, Medcalf (Northern 61), Spencer (Fyvie 58).
Substitutes not used: Nicholson (Gk), McIntyre, Markham.
Bridlington Town: Wilberforce, Aziz, Patterson (Logan 61), Allanson, Lee, N.Cook, Bennett (Dalton 61), Fleming (c), Palmer, Hogg.
Substitutes not used: Fraser (Gk), Owen, Hawkes.