Bartley goal sends Mermaid top of the table

Snooker Centre v Nafferton
Snooker Centre v Nafferton

Mermaid United Old Boys are the early pace-setters in the Premier Division and the only side with a 100% record after two games.

They followed up their 6-0 win over Stirling Wanderers by beating Bridlington Excelsior 1-0 at Gypsey Road on Saturday

Foresters Athletic v Burton Agnes

Foresters Athletic v Burton Agnes

Chances were few are far between in the first half with the Mermaid defence keeping the Excelsiors front two at bay, and the midfield three of Mark Stockdale, Jason Bartley and Anthony Firth fighting fire with fire, putting 100% into every tackle.

The only goal of the game came in the second half when a free kick was only half cleared and Lucas Koziello chased after the ball keeping it in play. He swung the ball into the penalty area where Bartley was waiting at the back stick to head home for his second goal in two games.

Instead of trying to hold on to the lead, Mermaid tried to find the killer goal which almost cost them.

Excelsiors lofted a pass over the top which Jamie Chapman collected but keeper Sam Connor stood tall and Chapman put his effort over the bar.

Flamborough 2nds v Driffield Star

Flamborough 2nds v Driffield Star

Mermaid right back Clint Stockdale collected the man of the match award.

Joel Rollinson grabbed a hat-trick as Burton Agnes put in a five-star performance against Forester Athletic 1sts.

Looking organised and confident from the first whistle, and Dylan Thomas opened the scoring when he poked the ball home after a corner.

Man of the match Kyle Smith looked dangerous on his debut, and his pace gave him the space to square to Dom Richardson who found the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Stockdale netted a penalty for Foresters, after a foul by Alex Gray, but that came after Rollinson had helped himself to the first of his trio.

The striker completed his hat-trick to give Agnes plenty of confidence for next week’s clash with Excelsior.

After beating champions Bridlington Rovers on the opening day, Flamborough 1sts were brought back down to earth with a bump, losing 4-1 at Stirling Wanderers.

Boro opened the scoring inside three minutes as Stirling started slowly, but the home side got back on level terms thanks to Kalam Waites’ header.

Liam Watson missed a penalty but man of the match Corie Walker showed great character during the game and put Stirling 2-1 ahead.

Watson made up for his missed penalty it scoring two goals in the second half with Stirling were dominant in every area.

In Division One, Coachman travelled to Full Measure in Driffield missing key defenders, and relying on Dave Sargent to repeat his man of the match performance from the opening week.

Measure started strongly and soon took the lead with Ej Preston skinning his man on the right and laying it off for Rich Hill to open his account for the season.

Soon afterwards Garry Foster played a nice through ball for Hill to score a second.

Coachman started the second half better, and Sargent started a move which ended with Lewis Valentine scoring his fourth goal of the season.

But hopes of a comeback were killed off when Jordan Cattle played a ball over the top for Hill to complete his hat trick.

Tempers flared and Full Measure felt Coachman were lucky to not get a man sent off when a player appeared to kick out at Chris Strong.

However, the Driffield side wrapped up the points when substitute Ross Gray earned a penalty which Cattle converted.

Bridlington Snooker Centre’s Sam Matthews proved he is the league’s in-form striker by scoring his second hat-trick in two games.

Reece Swift added two and Chris Greenwood and Nick Allanach were also on the scoresheet in a goal-fest against Nafferton United.

After taking the lead in the second minute, Snooks never fell behind but they couldn’t shake off a determined Nafferton outfit.

The game eventually finished 7-5, with Zack Welbourn and doubles from Steven Pennie, Michael Lowe on target for Nafferton.

Driffield Star staged a second half comeback at Flamborough 2nds to get off the mark.

The hosts were 1-0 up at half time, but the second half saw Star pick up the pace.

Steve Etherington was on hand to equalise, ignoring his team-mates’ appeals for handball to play on and level the scores.

In the last 10 minutes, Lee Jackson’s shot and Shaun Tate’s far post header sealed the points for Star.

Bridlington Sports Club Reserves’ Joe Reynolds scored a 90th minute penalty to salvage a apoint against newcomers Crown, who were down to nine men by that stage, after a serious injury to Jono Shaw.

Reynolds kept his cool from the spot for his second goal of the game with Ross Green and Brandon Smith on target for Crown.