Agnew hat-trick puts Town into next round

Ash Allanson drew praise for his display in the replay
Ash Allanson drew praise for his display in the replay

Striker Brett Agnew netted a hat-trick to send Bridlington Town through to the next round of the FA Cup.

After being frustrated by Silsden in the first game on Saturday, the Seasiders found life in the replay much easier.

Town faced traffic problems on the way to Tuesday night’s replay, meaning they only had time for a 10-minute warm-up before kick off.

But it did not affect Agnew, who put Bridlington 3-0 ahead inside the first hour, before Danny Forrest pulled a consolation back for the hosts.

Manager Gary Allanson said: “Over the two games we totally dominated, played some great football, created chances and showed resilience when under pressure.

“It was a job well done and we move on to the next round away to Guisborough.”

The Seasiders piled on the pressure from the opening whistle in the second encounter, and Benn Lewis headed against the crossbar inside the first five minutes.

Agnew then took over, putting Town 2-0 just before half time and completing his hat-trick early in the second half.

He was substituted on the hour-mark, having picked up a yellow card and the Town management team felt Silsden were trying every trick in the book to get him sent off.

Manager Gary Allanson said: “We still had players missing through injuries, holidays, unavailability, so we had to shuffle the pack and it shows what a strong squad we have this season.

“We defended as a team, made great decisions and we kept them to one clear cut chance all game.

“We didn’t dominate as we did in the first half on Saturday by keeping the ball, but we dominated the game by being solid, organised and disciplined for the full 90 minutes.

“In the second half we could have scored a more after having three one-on-one situations and their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves.

“They put us under pressure in the second half by going long at every opportunity but this time we stood firm and they couldn’t break us down.”