Two penalties, two red cards, six goals...but just one point for Town

Garforth Town 3 Bridlington Town 3
Garforth Town 3 Bridlington Town 3

An eventful second half saw five goals including two dubious penalties, two sending offs and five bookings as Bridlington Town drew 3-3 at Garforth.

The visitors were left ruing not going into half time with a considerable lead from their domination of the first period and all they had to show was for their endeavours was a single Joel Sutton goal scored five minutes from the end of the half.

The Seasiders’ exerted most of the early pressure with the pace of the front three causing problems for a Garforth defence that conceded several free kicks and from one Conner Harman just failed to get a clean connection with the ball going behind for a goal kick.

A long ball from Benn Lewis found Andy Norfolk on the right and from his cross Dann Winn put the ball behind for a corner. From another break Norfolk brought out a good save from giant goalkeeper Ben Hunter.

A Sutton free kick was blocked by the defensive wall then Town were forced into a change when midfielder Tim Taylor suffered a groin injury and was replaced by Paul Wray.

Chris Jenkinson had a header held by Hunter from yet another free kick and the captain was involved at the other end, almost selling goalkeeper James Hitchcock short with a risky back pass before being booked for a late tackle.

A rare venture into the opposition half by Garforth earned them their only corner of the half when a shot from the impressive Sinmi Oyebanji was deflected, while from a Bridlington corner Ryan Nicholls headed the ball back across goal and behind for a goal kick.

After Will Waudby had a shot on the turn saved by Hunter he was involved in the goal that finally earned the visitors’ the breakthrough in the 40th minute. Defender Khalid Alali got his head on a Waudby free kick but Sutton got to the second ball first to head in.

A crisp waist-high centre from Oyebanji was well taken by goalkeeper James Hitchcock and ensured that the visitors went into the break with a slender lead.

Garforth, with the advantage of the wind, started better in the second half with Lewis conceding a corner but after a slow start Bridlington upped their tempo and Norfolk gained a corner after a chase for the ball with Winn while a Sutton effort was parried then collected by Hunter.

Lewis had a cross intercepted by Alali and Norfolk could only find the side-netting after being sent clear on the right by Wray and skipping over Hunter’s lunge.

It was the home side, however, who levelled the score after 67 minutes when they took advantage from a three-on-two situation following a cross from the left and Jordan Outerbridge turned past Josh Heseltine before firing past Hitchcock.

Two minutes later the lead was regained when Alalki was adjudged to have upended Waudby in the penalty area and Sutton stepped up to hit a low spot kick past Hunter’s right hand. Before the kick was taken, Norfolk was shown a yellow card.

Hunter made a smart, low save from Norfolk when the striker appeared certain to score from eight yards with only the goalkeeper to beat.

But nine minutes before the end Garforth were awarded a free kick out near the left touchline and the ever menacing Oyebanji directly hit a ferocious shot past Hitchcock and into the top far corner.

Within two minutes Sutton was shown a straight red after a challenge on Curtly Martin-Wyatt and in the scuffle that followed several players were booked as referee Paul Lister struggled to restore normality from the situation.

In the five minutes time that was added on, Norfolk headed in from a corner to regain the lead for the visitors then Jenkinson was penalised for a foul in the area with Martin-Wyatt converting the penalty and then Norfolk was shown a second yellow card to reduce the visitors to nine men.