Home comforts for Sports Club

Josh Christlow scored what turned out to be the winner.
Josh Christlow scored what turned out to be the winner.

Bridlington Sports Club picked up their first win of the season with a solid performance against an in-form Goole United who had scored 15 goals in their previous three fixtures.

The depth of the squad was used again with Sports Club welcoming back Dan Bemrose, Jack Almond and Ashley Robinson, who had missed the previous defeat to Chalk Lane, but Carl Harrison, Kev Wood, Mark Davies and Michael Tate were still sidelined with injury.

Bridlington Sports Club's Ash Robinson v Goole

Bridlington Sports Club's Ash Robinson v Goole

Sports Club started strongly with the outlets of Billy Tyler and Josh Cristlow linking well with Robinson up front to put early pressure on the Goole defence.

Christlow looked to be through on goal after some good play by Jacob Brown in the centre of midfield but the lineman was too excited, flagging for offside against Robinson who had no involvement in play.

The game levelled out in the first half with Goole using the windy conditions to play with long balls over the top of the Sports Club back four. Joe Clarkson-Hall produced a superb save when the Goole striker found himself free 12 yards out and his shot, heading for the top corner was tipped onto the bar by a fingertip save.

Goole got the breakthrough when an in-swinging corner wasn’t cleared out of the area and an instinctive shot by the Goole striker was blocked on the line by Almond but his clearance struck Bemrose and deflected into the goal from four yards

Sports Club pressured for an equaliser with long efforts from Billy Tyler, James Webb and James Faulkner all failing to hit the target to test the Goole keeper.

Just before half-time the home team’s pressure paid off when an excellent run from Robinson created the space for Tyler to continue his run into the area and finish calmly with a side footed pass into the bottom right hand corner.

Sports Club continued the pressure in the early stages of the second half and some excellent pressure from Faulkner saw him dispossess the full back of the ball on the edge of his own box before driving forward and producing a sliding finish at the near post.

Five minutes later Sports Club extended their lead when good play by Almond and man of the match Brown released Robinson. The Goole defender failed to clear properly across his own area and Christlow ran in to side foot home from 12 yards.

The home side controlled large periods of game with Bemrose, Shane Barber, Dom Richardson and James Webb defending well against any attempts to get back into the game.

Goole started to get frustrated and a number of yellow cards and free kicks followed, which started to break up play for both teams.

The referee was lenient with a couple of hard challenges only receiving cautions but the Goole striker finally saw an instant red when his stamp on Webb couldn’t be ignored by the referee.

Tyler was also lucky to avoid red when his knee high challenge on the Goole winger prevented a counter attack in the final 10 minutes.

Goole pulled one back when a goalmouth scramble saw Clarkson-Hall push another shot on to the crossbar, only for the rebound to be turned in with an overhead flick.

Goole pressed for an equaliser in the final moments but even with the additional six minutes of play the home team defended well and saw out the victory.