Bridlington Town - review of 2012

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THE highlight of Bridlington Town’s year came in May when they lifted the East Riding Senior Cup at the KC Stadium in Hull.

After losing with the last kick of extra time in 2011, and being losing semi-finalists last year, the Seasiders finally got their hands on the county’s premier silverware.

Unfancied Hall Road Rangers Reserves took a shock 2-0 lead inside 30 minutes in torrential rain, but Brid crucially pulled a goal back before the break.

They ran riot in the second half, smashing eight without reply, Josh Greening netting five in 24 minutes.

Bridlington Town scored for fun during 2012 – except at the most crucial moment.

They went into the final game of the 2011/12 NCEL season, knowing a win against the only team who could pip them to top spot would guarantee them the title.

It was winner takes all against Retford United in a thrilling end to the campaign. Town took the lead, were pegged back before half time and fell behind midway through the second half.

Billy Logan equalised in the 90th minute but despite camping in the visitors’ penalty area during injury time, the Seasiders couldn’t find a winner.

Retford won their final, re-arranged, match three days later to clinch the championship by one point, leaving Town to regret a controversial late defeat at Staveley a few weeks earlier.

For the most part of 2012, the goals flowed freely though. The biggest win came in December, when struggling Nostell Miners Welfare found themsleves on the wrong end of an 11-0 hiding.

That wasn’t the only big score. The East Riding Senior Cup against Hall Road Rangers Reserves finished 9-2 and Lincoln Moorlands Railway were dispatched 9-0, Josh Greening scoring five goals in both games.

Greening also scored a hat-trick in a 7-0 win at Hall Road Rangers in October, a game where fellow striker Craig Hogg also bagged three, and the following month the Seasiders smashed seven again, this time in the League Cup at Heanor, where reserve keeper Paul Fraser scored during a five-minute cameo as a striker.

The 2012/13 campaign had started slowly, with an opening day defeat to Tadcaster Albion, and front-runners Worksop Parramore and Brighouse both taking three points off Town.

FA Cup and FA Vase runs ended at the first hurdle, but a 2-0 win at champions Retford kicked off a 17-game unbeaten league run, with prolific new signing Carl Stewart scoring in nine of his first 10 games.

The year ends with Town in prime position for another crack at the title, although Scarborough Athletic pose a big threat