Baker helps the Brewers to beat Bridlington

Mike Thompson v Tadcaster Albion's Rob Youhill
Mike Thompson v Tadcaster Albion's Rob Youhill

Last season’s NCEL Premier Division champions Tadcaster Albion love a trip to Bridlington.

It proved a happy hunting ground in league clashes in recent years, and they continued their form at Queensgate with a 1-0 win in Saturday’s pre-season friendly.

Alex Knaggs v Tadcaster Albion's Jimmy Beadle

Alex Knaggs v Tadcaster Albion's Jimmy Beadle

In a game short on entertainment, Adam Baker’s pinpoint penalty just before half-time proved the difference between the two teams.

After that, The Brewers showed organisation which should serve them well in Evostik Division One in the coming months.

Bridlington found it difficult to create chances but matched their opponents well for large periods of the game.

Former Scarborough Athletic striker Tom Corner could have scored a hat-trick in the first half but it simply wasn’t his day.

He snatched a shot wide after Bridlington failed to clear a free kick.

Then, at full stretch sliding in, he hit the base of the post from a narrow angle, before he was denied by the feet of Town goalkeeper James Hitchcock from close range.

Opportunities were scare at the other end, the best falling to captain Ryan Nicholls who powerfully headed Chris Adams’ right wing corner over the bar.

Brett Agnew had attempted a volley from 35 yards which was straight at tadcaster’s trialist goalkeeper, Michael Ingham, who was York City’s first choice gloveman last season.

It was no real surprise when tadcaster took the lead on 43 minutes. Josh Heseltine lunged into a tackle on Baker and referee Andrew Dunne pointed to the spot.

Baker found the very corner of the net from 12 yards, sending Hitchcock the wrong way and giving his side a half-time lead.

Having had a bench-full of substitutes to choose from in some of their earlier friendlies, Town only had four available in this game and they brought all of them on at the break.

Corner’s luck was not for changing and, having headed straight at Hitchcock in the closing minutes of the frst half, he forced him into a much more impressive stop early in the second period, although the offside flag was up.

The Seasiders stopper then tipped Baker’s 20-yard half-volley on to the crossbar, and he again thwarted Corner as they personal duel continued.

In the closing stages, Town’s Chris Adams sent a tame effort wide as they struggled to unlock Tadcaster’s well-drilled defence.

Bridlington’s final friendly is against Sculcoates Amateurs on Tuesday evening, before next Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Silsden.