Treble-chasing Reserves’ shoot-out glory

Hunters FC 2 Bridlington Town Reserves 2 (Town win on penalties)
Hunters FC 2 Bridlington Town Reserves 2 (Town win on penalties)

Bridlington Town Reserves’ bid for a treble is still on track after a penalty shoot-out win over Hunters FC in the semi-finals of the East Riding Intermediate Cup.

The County League leaders travelled to Hull University to take on a side sitting third in the Humber Premier League Division One.

With a line-up hit by work commitments, Town started brightly causing problems for Hunters and winning individual battles.

They took the lead when Matty Richardson broke clear on the left crossed for Frankie Reffold who made no mistake to open the scoring.

Town had chances with Reffold, Nathan Pickering and Richardson all going close until a mad five minutes at the end of the first half saw Hunters score two goals in quick succession to take a lead into the half-time interval.

Town spoke about keeping the same work-rate as the first half, and they did that with man of the match James Faulkner and Liam Fraser holding the middle of the park well.

The back four of Jonny Morritt, Johnny Blakestone, Josh Morritt and Lewis Shaw dealt with Hunters’ attacks.

Town introduced leading scorer Chris Eyre, and in the last 10 minutes it was all Town pressure, culminating in Richardson being brought down in the area and Eyre levelled from the spot.

They had chances to win when Reffold squared to Eyre but the keeper intercepted and then Eyre just missed a header at the back post.

The tie went straight to penalties and Marc Wain saved Hunters’ last kick, before Lewis Shaw stepped up to put Town through to the final on May 3 against North Ferriby Athletic.