BRIDLINGTON Town made it 40 points from the last 42 available after beating Armthorpe Welfare 3-2 at Queensgate on Tuesday night.
But the leaders made hard work of it, conceding two goals at crucial times, which left them hanging on in the last 10 minutes.
At times, Town’s passing was superb on a slick pitch, but they were also guilty of giving the ball away cheaply in dangerous areas, which gave Welfare a sniff of an unlikely point.
The closest to a goal in the opening stages was Josh Greening’s volley on 15 minutes which struck the foot of the post. But eight minutes later, he netted his 10th of the season, tapping into an empty net after William Biggs had saved Craig Hogg’s volley at the back post.
Just before the half-hour mark Biggs made a good save from Hogg’s header and from the resulting corner, Carl Stewart saw his header blocked on the line.
Hogg then thumped a 20-yard effort against the bar, before Billy Logan burst forward from right back and from a similar distance hammered an excellent finish past Biggs to double Brid’s lead.
Seemingly in control, The Seasiders made life more difficult for themselves by conceding a goal on the stroke of half-time. They failed to clear a right-wing corner and Welfare player-manager Leo Fortune-West, best known as a striker during his days as a professional but playing at centre half, stabbed home.
Town restored their two-goal advantage on 58 minutes, when a great cross from near the corner flag by Stewart allowed Hogg to turn and volley into the net.
But Armthorpe kept at it, disrupting Town’s rhythm and almost replying straight away, but Mark Wilberforce denied Joe Lumsden after he had turned Chris Jenkinson.
Town welcomed back Craig Palmer and Frank Belt, who came on as substitutes, but on 75 minutes, captain richard Smith forced home a second for Armthorpe.
Another sub Scott Phillips should have made the game safe but directed a free header well wide from six yards out, and he also saw a goal disallowed for offside.
Armthorpe piled bodies forward at every opportunity in the closing stages, launching the box into the box at every opportunity, and Brid ended the game with 10 men after skipper Tom Fleming limped off with a twisted knee, but the visitors couldn’t force an equaliser.
Town: Wilberforce, Aziz, Batchelor, Allanson, Jenkinson (Palmer 73), Cook, Logan, Fleming, Hogg (Belt 81), Stewart (Phillips 64), Greening. Subs not used: Cass, Fraser
Man of the match: Billy Logan