Town head for final after Adams winner

Chris Adams heads in the goal v AFC Emley
Chris Adams heads in the goal v AFC Emley

Bridlington Town manager will realise a dream when he leads his side out in a cup final at Bramall Lane, home of his beloved Sheffield United.

The Seasiders edged out AFC Emley 1-0 in the semi-final of the NCEL League Cup at Queensgate on Tuesday evening.

Chris Adams celebrates his goal v AFC Emley with Brett Agnew

Chris Adams celebrates his goal v AFC Emley with Brett Agnew

Chris Adams’ back post header with 14 minutes to go settled an even encounter and Town will face Penistone Church in the final on Wednesday, May 17.

Woodhouse said: “Emley were a good side, they caused us problems, but we defended really well.

“If it was a boxing match, we would have just shaded it on points.”

And he praised his match-winner, who spent months on the sidelines earlier in the season.

“If someone had told me before the game that we’d win with a Chris Adams header, I’d have told them to get breathalysed,”joked Woodhouse.

“But I’m delighted for Chris. He has worked hard to get back from injuries and he’s got that bit of quality.

“Me and Ash (assistant manager Ian Ashbee) are big fans of him.”

Blades fanWoodhouse will now take his side to Bramall Lane, where he enjoyed four successful season as a player.

“It’s a brilliant stadium and a great pitch.”

Penistone are fifth in Division One, the league below Bridlington, and booked their place in the final with a 3-2 win over Glasshoughton Welfare.

“It will be a proud day for me but I don’t want to make this all about myself.

“I’ve had my career. It’s been and gone. I had a wonderful time at Bramall Lane and now it is about our players.

“I’m delighted for them but cup finals are horrible if you get beaten.”

Town will also be involved in another final a week earlier, when they face Hull City U23s in the East Riding Senior Cup.

“The semi-finals were the games we had to concentrate on, and our decisions have paid off,” added Woodhouse.