BRIDLINGTON TOWN: Seasiders frustrated in stalemate

Bridlington Town v Parkgate FC
Bridlington Town v Parkgate FC

Bridlington Town 0

Parkgate 0

Northern Counties East League

As the scoreline suggests this was a poor match with neither side able to find a cutting edge, proven by the statistics of one attempt on target each.

Bridlington Town v Parkgate FC

Bridlington Town v Parkgate FC

Both goalkeepers, Mark Wilberforce and Declan Howard had a relatively trouble-free afternoon and were only occasionally brought into action. On the whole, the defences were on top and the match sponsors voted Bridlington’s Craig Palmer the man of the match on his first appearance for the club since returning from Barton Town.

Scott Phillips headed wide from a corner then a cross from Simon Mirfin was cut out by Palmer and Chris Jenkinson got in a good tackle on Oliver Graham.

A ball in from Ben Kinsley was put behind by Reece Wesley’s diving header for a corner that Ash Allanson took and hit the near upright before going out for a goal kick.

Howard easily held a 25-yard ground shot from Joel Sutton and Wilberforce held a deep cross by Ash Emson when put under pressure by Jamie Hopkins and Graham.

Referee Darren Whatling then spoke severely to Graham in front of his captain after he had gone in recklessly on Frank Belt.

Wesley again conceded a corner from a Tom Fleming cross that was heading for Phillips and an Allanson free kick was clawed away from Phillips by Howard. Sutton also went in to the book for chipping the ball over Howard and into the net after being given offside.

Wesley miscued a clearance that looped over the bar and hit the back stanchion then from Brad Ricketts cross field ball Howard did well to go down at Kinsley’s feet to save.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with Phillips missing with a header and Jenkinson plucking the ball away from Jamie Hopkins and Graham.

Town made an early substitution but it was Parkgate who threatened when Ben Langford got forward to fire past the post and Wilberforce came out to save from Graham.

Fleming got the better of Langford to put clear on the left but his cross for Ben Silburn was too deep and although the substitute retrieved it his centre was cleared.

Parkgate were playing the ball about well without being able to penetrate the Town defence until substitute Scott Preece headed a Mirfin cross into the side-netting from just wide of goal.

The Seasiders made a double change 15 minutes from time replacing Ricketts and Phillips with Rikki Paylor and Michal Pujdak and at the same time pushing Palmer forward into a striking role.

Palmer headed a centre from Belt goalwards but Howard was equal to it and a ball forward by Allanson was neatly controlled by Silburn before feeding Sutton who struck it over the bar.

Jenkinson had a header from Allanson’s free kick hooked clear by Wesley before a forgettable game came to a close and gave the visitors a third consecutive draw.