Bridlington Town progress in FA Vase

Bridlington Town v Sunderland RCA
Bridlington Town v Sunderland RCA

An excellent team performance saw Bridlington Town into the second round of the FA Vase, after a comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland RCA.

A Frank Belt penalty in the 27th minute, and a second-half strike by Craig Hogg, sent the Seasiders through to Monday’s draw, but it was a win which was earned by all 11 players.

An immediate break by Town saw Frank Belt charge forwards but his shot was deflected into the path of Craig Hogg, who slashed the ball over.

Ash Allanson’s 30-yard effort, after a quick break involving Joel Sutton and Tom Fleming, flew over the bar, before another Sutton attempt was snuffed out by visiting captain John Jury.

Jury then threatened at the other end, slipping a lovely pass in to Callum Patton, whose shot hit the side netting, as both sides could have scored within the first 10 minutes.

A Hogg shot was deflected narrowly wide and Tom Lee nodded past the post from the resulting corner.

A last ditch tackle by Daniel Wray thwarted Joel Sutton after a lovely ball from James Bennett, on his Town debut, but Town had the ball in the net on 18 minutes. Craig Palmer headed in from close range, but keeper Jonathan Carmichael had already been fouled.

The chances kept coming for the hosts, and Carmichael dived to keep out a Hogg shot but seconds later Liamk Clough tripped Hogg for one of the more obvious penalties of the season and Frank Belt blasted the spot kick home.

Callum Hassam had the ball in the net for Sunderland RCA straight away in reply but had brought the ball under control with his hand.

A fierce drive by Joel Sutton was palmed out by Carmichael, after fine work down the left by Lee, and the keeper again denied him when he couldn’t quite connect cleanly with a volley from the edge of the area.

Deservedly ahead at the break, Town found themselves defending a couple of corners at the start of the second half, but with no undue worry.

And the doubled their advantage on 56 minutes. Ash Allanson spread the ball wide to the left, Lee crossed and an unmarked Hogg volleyed over Carmichael, although not quite in the fashion he intended, as the ball looped over the keeper and into the net.

Another audacious effort by Hogg from 30 yards almost caught out the RCA keeper, who was struggling with a groin injury by this stage.

Sutton saw a thunderous shot blocked in a crowded penalty area while Paul Fraser’s immaculate handling in the Bridlington goal meant RCA rarely looked like getting a goal back.

Fleming tested Carmichael, then Fraser did well to parry Steven Baynes’ shot after a quickly taken free kick. But Town remained comfortable in possession to run down the clock and book their place in Round Two.

They could have added to their tally in injury time, but sub Scott Phillips couldn’t round the keeper, after outpacing Wray.