Clarkson nets the winner at Thackley

Thackley 1 Bridlington Town 2
Thackley 1 Bridlington Town 2

Bridlington Town made it two away wins out of two with a 2-1 victory at Thackley on Tuesday to put them one point behind early NCEL leaders Clipstone.

Thackley, who had a very good win at Durham City in the FA Cup on Saturday, began the game in fine form and had the better of the early exchanges although Sam Cook was booked early on for bringing down Joel Sutton as he made a run towards the home penalty area.

Craig Hogg was once again playing in central defence and made his presence felt with two timely interceptions.

Town had Lewis Clarkson cautioned for a dangerous challenge on keeper Tom Metcalfe, which had the Thackley bench calling for a red.

Town came the nearest to scoring when Ombeni Ruhanduka hit the bar, but then after 35 minutes he had more success when he ran on to Sutton’s pass to fire past Metcalfe.

Two minutes later Metcalfe saved from Clarkson when the striker looked certain to score as Town finished the half the stronger.

Shortly after the break, a telling cross in from the left flank from James Whittingham appeared to be covered by two defenders but Clarkson got to it first to head over the stranded Metcalfe.

In the 54th minute Conner Harman’s clearance was blocked and Thackley’s Craig Bentham latched on to the ball to strike a first time effort past James Hitchcock.

Andy Coverdale replaced the injured Hogg just after Chris Davey had been booked for a trip and Tom Fleming for dissent.

As Thackley went for the equaliser Hitchcock was in no mood to be beaten again and made three fine saves as the Seasiders’ held out for the three points.