Freeman hits late equaliser to rescue a point for the Tigers

Snooker center Steve Chadwick saves a penalty v Bridlington Tigers
Snooker center Steve Chadwick saves a penalty v Bridlington Tigers

Honours were even in this Bridlington derby, although Snooker Centre felt they had missed a trick by not claiming all three points.

Tigers knew they were in for a tough battle and found themselves under pressure from kick off, with the visitors creating chances for Lyle Bogle.

An outstanding display by Jonathan Burgess kept him at bay while Ben Denham and Ricki Scott-Cook also missed chances to open the scoring.

Snooker Centre controlled the opening 20 minutes, but having defended well, Tigers the had the perfect chance to take the lead. As the ball was bouncing through to keeper Steve Chadwick, the referee ruled that Billy Simposn had been tripped by a defender as he chased the pass.

Dale Nelthorpe stepped up to take the penalty but Chadwick saved comfortably,

Tigers were made to pay before half time when Scott-Cook made a good run down the right and his cross was met by Bogle, who headed into the top corner.

Snooker Centre wondered how they were only one up at the break but they continued to enjoy plenty of possession in the second half. However, they failed to convert their chances and were always vulnerable with such a slender lead.

Slowly, Tigers’ midfield took control, playing some good football and spreading balls out wide to open up space, but too often the final pass let them down.

The game was looking fairly equal and it was no surprise that an equaliser arrived in the closing stages.

Snooker Centre’s back four had looked solid all game, and it took a good strike from Neil Freeman to get past them.

Jason Ridley fired a ball across the 18-yard line for Freeman, and his effort took a slight deflection as it beat Chadwick and nestled in the bottom corner.

In Saturday’s only other Premier Division clash, due to a number of cup games being played, Flamborough 1sts scored the only goal of the game against Forester Athletic 1sts.