Town slump to second pre-season defeat

Tuesday's defeat to Beverley followed Saturday's loss to Scarborough Athletic (pictured)
Tuesday's defeat to Beverley followed Saturday's loss to Scarborough Athletic (pictured)

An excellent free-kick gave Beverley Town a surprise, but deserved pre-season friendly win at Bridlington Town on Tuesday evening.

Mike O’Connell’s 89th minute strike separated the two teams as the Humber Premier League champions grew in confidence as the match wore on.

The Beavers had almost taken an early lead but a combination of Seasiders keeper Paul Fraser and defender Michal Pujdak cleared off the line.

The hosts went up the other end and opened the scoring. New signing Joel Sutton sprinted away from the halfway line and although he skewed his shot, it fell into the path of Ben Silburn who forced the ball into the net.

A string of changes after the break affected Bridlington, while Beverley upped their game and the intorduction of O’Connell changed the game.

First, he slammed a brilliant 25-yard shot low past Fraser on 73 minutes to level the scores.

And with time ticking away, Chris Jenkinson conceded a free kick on the edge of the area, and O’Connell stepped up to blast the set-piece round the wall and into the corner.