Breathing space in battle to beat the drop

Bridlington Town Res v Gilberdyke
Bridlington Town Res v Gilberdyke
  • Bridlington Town Reserves 2 Gilberdyke Phoenix 1
  • Barkworth and Banks on target for Town
  • Reserves up to ninth in East Riding County League Premier Division

Bridlington Town Reserves began the game at a bright and breezy pace being first to the ball and didn’t let Gilberdyke settle from the first minute.

A dominant display from Josh Morritt at centre back let the visitors’ attack know they were in for a tough afternoon.

Fraser Owen replacing the injured Jonny Morritt and did a solid job chipping in with some first class free kicks too.

In the 14th minute the deadlock was broken as Dale Barkworth broke through Gilberdyke’s back line, drew the keeper from his line and slotted the ball under his body.

Not resting on their laurels, Barry Tye and Eric Gardham pressed in midfield allowing no time on the ball for the away side to get any flow to their game.

On the half hour Town went two up when a free kick was awarded 25 yards out and Liam Banks placed a cracking drive past the keeper.

Bridlington Town Res v Gilberdyke

Bridlington Town Res v Gilberdyke

This awoke fourth-placed Gilberdyke from their slumber and sloppy positional play from Town allowed them to bring it back to 2-1 going into the break.

Town were a little nervy as the second half started with the away side being more settled.

Town on occasion sat too deep allowing them to play and get a stronger foot hold in the game and Phoenix were awarded silly free kicks in dangerous areas but a solid display from full backs Sam Jones and Danny Lawton kept them at bay.

KeeperTerry Finney had to clear his lines from dangerous corners and free kicks but the team as a whole performed better as a unit giving everything they had.

Karl Thornton on the right countered when he could but in the final few minutes it was backs to the wall defending with all 11 doing their job.

An even tougher test presents itself next week in the form of Wawne United who are unbeaten all season.