Battling Rovers beaten by Centre

Rovers Keeper Scott Lapworth is first to the ball as Ben I'anson closes in fast
Rovers Keeper Scott Lapworth is first to the ball as Ben I'anson closes in fast

Driffield League Division One

Bridlington Rovers 2

Bridlington Snooker Centre 4

A ball over the top released I’anson who broke free and went down under a challenge from Andy Garbutt inside the penalty area.

Snooker Centre’s management team felt it was a stonewall penalty but referee Mick Baker waved away their appeals.

Pressure was mounting on Rovers and after a neat one-two between Laws and Hudson-Bowe, the midfielder found himself one-on-one with keeper Scott Lapworth

He steadied himself but struck across the goal and inches wide. Another escape for Rovers.

Another attack led to Hudson-Bowe breaking free to strike straight at the keeper, as Centre could feel a breakthrough was imminent.

Right on cue, the combination of Laws and Jack Hudson-Bowe combined the young striker found himself with a shooting opportunity and duly dispatched the ball into the far corner of the net.

Straight from kick off the game carried on its hectic style and with a well worked move Rovers found themselves back on terms with Trev Tindall’s super finish past the helpless stand in keeper Mark Purvis.

Danny Bint was replaced by Rich Burton at half time and Snooker Centre came out roaring after a half time team talk from their new manager Alex Etherington.

Straight away Harrison slid a fantastic through ball in the path of Steven Laws who danced his way into the box to coolly slot the ball into the bottom corner

Rovers, battling as ever, were having a bit of a go at getting back into the game but the quality was starting to shine through and some good work again put through Hudson-Bowe who netted his 12th of the season to make it 3-1

Rovers pulled another goal back, as Tindall bagged his second of the afternoon to keep the pressure on the league leaders.

But Centre’s back four, marshalled by old head Jody Chapman was staying strong with a magnificent performance from Andy Ritchie at right back.

The final nail in Rovers’ coffin was hammered home from substitute Lee Williamson, who supplied a cracking finish at the back post.

A good win for Snooker Centre as Rovers don’t ever hand out points.

They battled and battled and it took some grit from the Snooker Centre to get the three points which sent them to the top of the league.

Referee’s man of the match: Andy Ritchie – worked his socks off

Snooker Centre managers’ man of the match: Steven Laws

Rovers’ manager’s comments: “Although Snooker Centre were slightly the better side, we thought we had a chance at 3-2 before they broke away and got a fourth.”