Bridlington Town edge past Liversedge

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Bridlington Town squeezed past Liversedge in a game which already had the feel of an end-of-season enounter.

Substitute Craig Hogg flicked in the only goal of the game halfway through the second half, but there was not much entertainment on show for a sparse crowd of 117.

Chris Batchelor’s early free kick was easily held by keeper Ryan Blythe, and Scott Phillips dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area.

At the other end, Paul Fraser made a good block with his feet to deny Chris Hirst who ran on to Gibril Bojang’s cut-back.

Careless passing close to their own penalty area almost proved costly for the hosts when Liversedge’s Jame Moxon was presented with a chance but fire narrowly over.

On 15 minutes, Billy Logan’s curling effort when a corner was only half-cleared lacked the pace to trouble Blythe, and shortly afterwards Cook scooped another chance wide from close range.

Liversedge were breaking from midfield well but couldn’t engineer a decent chance from good positions. The closest they came was when Hirst’s cross deceived Fraser but drifted beyond the far post.

The first half was a low-key one, with Town never really looking like unlocking Liversedge’s defence. Logan fizzed another low shot wide as half time approached but the Seasiders had failed to impose themselves on proceedings.

Early in the second half, Tom Lee burst forward well from full back but lashed his shot over the bar wildly. But Lee was carried off moments later after colliding with team-mate Nathan Cook as both attacked a corner.

Finally, after 65 fairly dull moments, Bridlington took the lead. Logan floated in a free kick, Cook won the header and with his back to goal, sub Craig Hogg flicked the ball into the bottom corner.

Adam Jarrett had a good chance to make a quick reply but shanked his shot wide and then Cook’s touch let him down after sub Ben Silburn’s lovely chipped pass.

Hogg could have added his second when the linesman’s flag stayed down and he tried to chip Blythe but it fell the wrong side of the post. Then, he scuffed a shot straight at the keeper when a pass to Phillips looked to be the better option.

The game became more stretched as the last 10 minutes approached and Greening, Hogg and Phillips made a mess of a three-on-two chance.

Lightning struck twice as Town swept forward again, outnumbering the defence, but Cook wasted the chance, delaying his shot and eventually slicing it wide.

Chances kept coming and Brid kept wasting them in last few minutes. Deep into injury time Cook fired straight at the keeper when he should have scored and Phillips put the rebound over the bar.

Fortunately Brid were not left regretting the wastefulness in front of goal, but Liversedge hardly deserved to be on the end of a heavy scoreline.