Bridlington Town Academy 3
Beverley Town Reserves 1
WITH Bridlington Town and Scarborough Athletic both having away NCEL fixtures this cup game was played at Queensgate and the spectators were treated to a fast and exciting cup tie.
Academy were without the influential Louis Gregory, but welcomed back Danny Bemrose, who missed last week, and James Faulkner who was making his debut having signed from Scarborough Athletic.
The opening exchanges were pretty even with both sides sharing the possession but neither really creating any chances of note.
The Academy came closest to scoring when a Jake Hanson free kick was saved by the Beverley keeper.
However, on the half-hour mark Academy took the lead when Jon Richardson got on the end of a neat passing movement to fire past the keeper.
The goal spurred the home side on and they began to dominate possession and created a few chances, one of which was put narrowly wide by Ashley Robinson and Beverley’s keeper was called upon to make several saves, although he was beaten again five minutes before the break when Richardson scored with a dipping shot from fully 25 yards to double his and his side’s tally.
The Bridlington side started the second half as they had ended the first, keeping possession in midfield with Ryan Tranmer, Bemrose, Barry Tye and Liam Kenney all working hard, restricting Beverley to a few half chances.
Academy made two substitutions in the 65th minute, Darren Rookes and Luke Taylor replacing Tranmer and Kenney.
Beverley kept trying to fight their way back into the game and they were given a lifeline in the 70th minute when they were awarded a penalty.
Scott Cooper did well to get down low to his right to palm the ball out, but unfortunately the striker reacted quicker to the situation than the home side and he netted the rebound despite Cooper still getting a hand on the second strike.
It was now anybody’s game and both sides attacked continually, but it was Darren Rookes, who has impressed in a couple of starts for the first team, who decided who should go into the next round when he was given loads of space on the left and he beat a defender and unleashed a shot from 25 yards beyond the keeper and into the far bottom corner of the net.
This had been a hard fought cup tie between two good sides and Academy could thank their strong defensive unit of Faulkner, Robert Scott, Hanson and Josh Christlow for coping very well with a team from a higher division.
Academy team: Cooper, Hanson, Scott, Faulkner, Christlow (c), Richardson, Kenney (Rookes), Tye, Bemrose, Tranmer (Taylor), Robinson.