Smith grabs a hat-trick as 2nds hit six past Newland

Bridlington 2nds 6 Newland 2
Bridlington 2nds 6 Newland 2

Bridlington Ladies 2nds’ match against Newland started with great enthusiasm, with the home side attacking from the off.

The forwards pressed hard and it looked like Bridlington were going to dominate the game and not let Newland in.

However, fortunes turned after only 10 minutes as Newland gained composure and racked up the pressure in the Bridlington area. The defence of Wilson, Chard and Wright had looked solid, and Woodcock had to make a couple of saves, but a ball struck across the goal was expertly deflected into the back of the net and Bridlington went 1-0 down.

Bridlington rallied and again went on the attack. The Newland keeper was excellent and thwarted many attempts on goal, but eventually Manson opened the scoring.

Bridlington realised that in order to score against the Newland keeper they would need to pass the ball around the shooting circle to work a better shooting opportunity.

The second goal came just before half time from a hit out by Wright which was passed effectively around the pitch before Smith struck and the ball connected with the back of the net.

After 20 minutes of the first half, keeper Woodcock came off to make way for Molly Green for her debut appearance for the ladies’ second team.

At only just 13 years old she was nervous, but she did well and kept a clean sheet.

Bridlington went into the interval 2-1 up. Early in the second half Nassau struck a great ball, which hit the post, it bounced out and into the path of Stewart who popped it into the back of the net.

Newland attacked. The ankles of the Bridlington players were stinging as they had obscured play three times leading to a succession of penalty corners.

The defence remained solid and eventually Bridlington shook off the onslaught and a ball crossed in by J Wilson was tapped into the back of the net by Smith.

This was followed by a fifth goal struck from the top of the circle, after a short corner, and J Wilson scored.

With a 5-1 cushion and feeling confident, young Green stepped back into the net. She made a great save but later was unfortunate as Newland struck a sweet ball with an extremely narrow angle which ended up in the back of the net.

Bridlington fought back once more and Smith bagged her hat -trick from another well worked move.

The whole team played well with magnificent efforts from all players keeping Newland out.

Bridlington 1sts continued their good run of form with a 4-0 win at Wakefield 4ths which takes them up to second in Division One. They travel to take on Northallerton 1sts this Saturday.

The second team are at home again, as they host Lincoln Roses 2nds in Division Six East.