Handy Andy proves to be spot on for Seasiders

Andy Norfolk celebrates after saving the spot-kick for Bridlington Town in their game at Staveley in the NCEL Premier Division on Saturday
Andy Norfolk celebrates after saving the spot-kick for Bridlington Town in their game at Staveley in the NCEL Premier Division on Saturday

Bridlington Town utility man Andy Norfolk proved to be spot on for the Seasiders on Saturday at Staveley, as he was the penalty hero with the gloves on as Town’s stand-in keeper.

With regular keeper Jody Barford unavailable, Town boss Curtis Woodhouse asked the team to sort it out among themselves who should go in goal, and 21-year-old Norfolk stepped forward to don the gloves.

He said: “It was a different challenge being in goal, but I really enjoyed it.

“When they were awarded a penalty I decided to gamble on diving toward the top corner and I managed to tip it over.

“My mates were videoing it behind the goal and I have watched the video since, it is great to hear their reaction to me saving it.”

The Seasiders lost the NCEL Premier Division game 1-0 on Saturday, the stand-in keeper admitting he had no chance with the winning strike from Joseph Pugh six minutes into the second half.

Norfolk said: “Their lad hit it very well and it was right in the corner so I had no chance.

“The league has been a bit disappointing for us as I think we should be challenging for the title.

“We have done well recently and this was only our second loss in the past 18 league and cup matches. We are in one final and in the semis of another cup so we still have a good chance of getting something.”

The versatile Norfolk came to Queensgate as an 18-year-old, during Gary Allanson’s reign, and two-and-a-half years later he is still loving playing for Town.

“The club look after you really well and Pete Smurthwaite especially puts so much effort in for the football club so there is a very good atmosphere at the club.

“With the local lads coming through like Archie Brown and James Faulkner, as well as quality additions like Gary Bradshaw, we have a very strong squad now.

“Jake Day has been excellent up front for us this season, and with the likes of Nicky McNamara and Tom Bennett to come back from injury we are well placed to push for the title next season.

“Losing Brett Agnew and Tom Fleming were huge blows earlier this season and it unsettled us so we are looking strong again now.”