After a positive result in the league cup last week, Bridlington Sports Club travelled to league leaders Wawne United.
The trip was made all the more challenging without several first team regulars and things got worse as in-form Shane Barber withdrew early on nursing an injured back.
Following a defensive readjustment, Sports’ misery was compounded as Wawne broke the deadlock in somewhat fortuitous fashion. An attempted goal-line clearance struck Kev Wood before ricocheting into an unguarded goal to leave the visitors rueing their misfortune.
Sports were now inviting pressure and had goalkeeper Steve Janney to thank for a string of fine stops. However, even he was unable to deny the home side a second as a wonderful free-kick nestled in the bottom corner.
It would have been quite easy for Sports to down tools at this point, but after a slight tweak of formation the away side slowly began to control possession. Mark Davies was now starting to pick up pockets of space in- between the lines as Sports strung together decent openings, without ever testing the opposition goalkeeper.
The home side were briefly rattled and soon found their 2wo-goal buffer sliced in half thanks to a terrific finish from Lyle Bogle. Following a first half of precious little service, the striker calmly brought the ball down before rifling low past the goalkeeper.
Buoyed by their improved display, the visitors headed into the interval with fresh hope. However, clear emphasis was placed on the significance of the next goal as Sports entered the second period.
Ultimately, it was the home side that showed their metal as a viciously swerving drive from distance deceived Janney. With their two-goal cushion restored Wawne looked to deepen the away side’s gloom.
However, as so often this season, Sports only had themselves to blame as they surrendered possession cheaply to gift the hosts an early Christmas present.
Despite an unfavourable score line, the away side refused to throw in the towel as they continued to craft phases of neat interplay. However, the score remained 4-1 as the visitors lack of cutting edge was distinctly obvious.
Sports now face a huge fixture at home to South Cave as they bid to stop the rot.