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Brid Town battle back for point at home to Penistone

James Faulkner was named as captain of Brid Town for the first time for their 2-2 draw with Penistone Church on Tuesday        PICTURES: DOMINICK TAYLOR
James Faulkner was named as captain of Brid Town for the first time for their 2-2 draw with Penistone Church on Tuesday PICTURES: DOMINICK TAYLOR

Bridlington Town came from 2-0 down to snatch a draw at home to Penistone Church with three minutes remaining of the NCEL Premier Division encounter on Tuesday night.

Traffic hold-ups due to motorway accidents caused several Penistone players to arrive late and the game kicked off at 8pm with Town using centre-back Chris Jenkinson as a striker with both Jake Day and Joel Sutton rested for the League Cup fourth round tie at home to Campion tonight.

Alex Knaggs had cleared an Andrew Ring shot off the line and Andy Norfolk’s effort rattled a post before Penistone went in front on nine minutes.

A free-kick from the left was delivered to the far post where Brett Lovell headed it back across goal for centre-half Tom Brennan applied the final touch.

Penistone created two chances but Jody Barford saved well from Nathan Keightley and Lovell had a goal ruled out for offside following a corner.

Further opportunities came for both sides in an entertaining game and just before half-time Archie Brown’s vicious 35-yard attempt was tipped over by Chris Snaith and the sides went into a shortened break with the visitors still leading.

Eight minutes into the second half Penistone went further in front when Town conceded a free-kick 25 yards out.

Keightley took the kick and directed it just inside the post beyond Barford’s despairing dive.

The Seasiders attackers had been well held by Brennan and Lovell but just after the hour they gained a lifeline.

Man of the match Lewis Dennison displayed good control and ability on the right before putting in a low cross that Snaith failed to hold and Andy Norfolk followed up to score.

Town brought on Day and Sutton as they went in search of an equaliser but it was Barford who was stung into action, saving a 25-yard drive from Kieran Ryan.

The visitors made a double substitution with six minutes left but the hosts got their reward three minutes later.

Norfolk put in a cross that Day touched towards goal but after it was stopped, Day followed in to equalise.

Dennison went close to getting a winner but his effort went narrowly wide and an enjoyable game, like the corresponding fixture at Penistone in late September, ended as a 2-2 draw.

Bridlington Town: Barford, Dennison, Buttle, Faulkner (c), Knaggs, Williamson, Norfolk, Taylor (Day 65), Jenkinson, Brown, Adams (Sutton 71).

Unused Substitute: Bowsley.

Penistone Church: Snaith, Johnson, Young, Graham (Smith 84), Brennan, Lovell, Howes (c), Firth (Ellis 73), Keightley, Ryan, Ring (Coduri 84).

Unused substitute: Richards

Referee: Ian Gittins.

Attendance: 112.

On Saturday Bridlington Town are away to already relegated Nottinghamshire side Clipstone and they must be confident of getting a good result against a side that has only managed one point this season.

The Reserves also travel to the bottom side in their division with a trip to Hessle Sporting United, while the County League side, who are bottom of Division One, are home to Beverley Town Academy at the Sports Club.