Bridlington Town: All square in FA Cup tie

Guisborough Town 1

Bridlington Town 1

FA Cup Preliminary Round

This was a game of two halves with the home side taking the honours in the first half and Bridlington Town improving in the second so much that they could have won the game had they been more ruthless in front of goal.

As it was, a draw was a fair result.

With Ben Kinsley cup-tied and Tom Lee unavailable, Joel Sutton and Rikki Paylor were restored to the starting line-up while the hosts had skipper Gary Wood serving a suspension and new signing Darren Hollingsworth came into the side.

The Seasiders went straight on the attack and kept Guisborough in their own half before a through ball found leading scorer Mikey Roberts and Mark Wilberforce saved the attempt at goal with his legs.

The home side began to take control and Wilberforce held a low cross from Callum Martin then easily caught a 25-yard effort from Lewis Wood.

Town hit back but Scott Phillips fired over following a good run from Belt and when Tom Fleming was brought down, Belt’s free-kick went off the defensive wall and behind.

With 25 minutes gone Guisborough took the lead when some slack defending from a Danny Johnson corner allowed Roberts, one of the smallest players on view, to get in a free header for his seventh goal of the season.

Sutton sent a 20-yarder two feet wide before Wilberforce saved from Liam McPhillips following a corner then collected Hollingsworth’s weak follow-up.

He also blocked a shot from Roberts when the striker got the better of Chris Jenkinson.

Brid had been second best up to the break as their passing let them down at times, giving the ball away too often while most of their goal attempts missed the target.

The visitors began the second half on the front foot and a Brunton cross was too near home goalkeeper Ben Escritt before Martin recovered to concede a corner after Sutton had gone past him.

Fleming had a toe poke cleared off the line when Escritt flapped at a corner. Escritt blocked a shot with his body for a corner that Craig Hogg headed past the angle.

Ten minutes into the half the scores were level. Jenkinson passed the ball out of defence to Ash Allanson who played it through the home defence for Hogg to get behind Darren Hollingsworth and go on to place it past Escritt.

McPhillips fired a shot straight at Wilberforce and at the other end Hogg got on to a poor Tommy Marron back pass but could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

Reserve team player Jack Hudson-Bowe came on for the last 20 minutes and almost made a dream debut but was twice just off target, while Liam Phillips kept his side in it by heading off the line following a corner.

Guisborough snapped back into life and had a chance to seal it when substitute David Onions bore down on Wilberforce only to woefully put the ball wide.