Town get a second crack at beating Bay

Tom Fleming v Whitley Bay
Tom Fleming v Whitley Bay

An equalising goal from substitute Chris Adams midway through the second half meant that Bridlington Town face a long trip to Tyneside on Tuesday night for an FA Cup replay.

Robbie Bird had given Whitley Bay the lead 10 minutes before Adams’ strike but on the balance of play in the second period Town could count themselves a little unfortunate not to progress at the first time of asking.

After missing the opening game at Staveley, skipper Tom Fleming was restored to the starting 11 at the expense of Will Waudby who took a place among the substitutes.

Whitley Bay came into the game having drawn at home to Consett and beaten Bedlington Terriers in their two league games.

Neither goal was threatened in the early stages as both Ombeni Ruhanduka and Paul Chow were ruled offside and Craig McFarlane comfortably headed a Duka cross back to his own goalkeeper.

Adam Nicholson collected a low free kick by the post and opposite number Mark Cook easily collected a Fleming corner and a Benn Lewis header from a free kick.

Another offside decision saved Chow’s blushes after he missed his kick in front of goal and at the other end Craig Hogg’s attempted curler drifted wide.

Late in the half, Chris Jenkinson made two vital goal line clearances to ensure that the sides went into half time all square.

On the resumption ,Cook made a crucial save from Craig Hogg when he looked certain to break the deadlock from Duka’s low cross.

Ten minutes into the half Whitley Bay got their noses in front. Bird dispossessed an otherwise sound Ryan Nicholls following a Jenkinson clearance and the midfielder fired a 20-yard shot past a bemused Nicholson in the Town goal.

Three minutes later Hogg received a knock and was replaced by Adams who took just seven minutes to make his mark on the game. Eddy Birch made his way into the area and kept his feet from a dubious tackle before slipping the ball to Duka. The striker twisted and turned to create some space before Adams stepped in to take full advantage, firing past Cook.

The Seasiders’ were causing problems for their opponents and looked the likelier to take the tie. Ash Allanson came close when he volleyed over then missed the target with a diving header. A deep cross from Duka had Cook scrambling to guard the far post while the nearest the visitors came was from a speculative 35-yard effort by substitute Marc Ellinson that went wide.

Craig Smith was cautioned for bringing down Adams and from the resultant free kick Duka skimmed the bar.

As Town finished the stronger, the Bay defended desperately at times to take the tie to a replay but they did manage a break down the left through leading scorer Chow and Bird but Birch, tracking back, made a timely tackle to stop the latter.