Faulkner nets winner in County League derby clash

Tom Gregory and Luke Cowling
Tom Gregory and Luke Cowling

The first Bridlington derby of the season in East Riding County Premier League went the way of Town Reserves, who recovered from going a goal behind to beat Sports Club 2-1.

The game started scrappily with possession swinging between the two sides. The deadlock was broken midway through the first half thanks to the in-form Jay Wallace.

Sports Club County 1 Bridlington Town Reserves 2

Sports Club County 1 Bridlington Town Reserves 2

Good play from Sports Club saw Jake Day put Josh Christlow through on goal, his shot was saved well but Wallace followed up with a controlled finish from the edge of the area.

Town created a few chances, Louis Rafter getting down the flank and crossing for Chris Eyres to head wide and James Faulkner shooting wide.

Confidence started to grow for the home side but this was dealt a blow shortly before half -time. Sports Club’s Alex Staveley was adjudged to have handled in the box and Eyres made no mistake with the penalty to make the score level at the break.

Town started very well, forcing Sports Club keeper Steve Russell into a number of fine saves.

Marc Wain was also kept busy at the other end, however Town Reserves took the lead with the busy Faulkner scoring from the edge of the box into the far corner.

The visitors replaced Rafter with Nathan Pickering as they looked to extend their lead but found a keeper who was having an excellent game.

Sports Club were restricted to hitting it long hoping to break for an equaliser but found Town’s defence resilient and strong.

They eventually found a way through and Day almost equalised but after his hard work of brushing past the defender and rounding the keeper, he saw his near post strike cleared fantastically off the line.

Benninger replaced the tiring Faulkner who had run the opposition ragged, but Town couldn’t find a third goal to kill off the game.

Town assistant manager Terry Finney said: “Although the scoreline suggests a close game, chances missed or saved and excellent keeping from Sports Club’s keeper would suggest differently.”

Town are now three points clear at the top of the Premier Division, after nearest rivals Beverley Town Reserves’ day off.

The top two go head to head in Beverley this Saturday, while Sports Club, who are seventh in the table, make the trip to struggling North Ferriby Academy