Bridlington Town’s new-look Reserves started their East Riding County League campaign with a 6-1 win at North Cave.
The home side started the better, creating a few chances and restricting Town to rare efforts.
In the first quarter-of-an-hour, Town’s Jason Barnes had an effort deflected wide and at the other end Ian Tindall cleared off the line to deny North Cave what looked like a certain goal.
This was only delaying the inevitable though and North Cave eventually took the lead after a bit of ping pong in the Town area, and the ball dropped to striker Thomas Smith who opened the scoring.
This helped Town realise they had to up their game. Chris Eyre cut the ball back for Louis Rafter who shot over, and then Eyre himself shot wide from Liam Fraser’s free kick.
Another free kick was headed wide by Louis Gregory but eventually Cave’s goal was breached when Eyre picked the ball up 25 yards out, took one touch, turned and then fired into the corner to equalise.
Town had more chances in the first half, through Fraser and Eyre, but half time arrived with the score at 1-1.
The visitors’ half-time talk was positive but they knew they still had improvements to make. However, a completely different team started the second half.
Eyre made it 2-1 from a Rafter cross.
Josh Barnes and Rafter started to run at the home defence and get crosses in, while Town’s back line of Dale Wain, Tindall, Lewis Shaw and Josh Morritt looked solid now, leaving keeper Marc Wain a mere spectator.
Matthew Richardson was introduced for Rafter, giving fresh legs to run at defenders who kept fouling him, gifting Town free kicks in dangerous positions.
Fraser made it 3-1 and shortly afterwards added a fourth, completing his hat-trick from the spot after the Cave keeper had fouled in the area. Perhaps sensing the game was over, referee David Aitcheson Smith showed leniency and just gave him a yellow card.
Nathan Pickering was brought on for Jason Barnes and the youngster was straight into the action causing Cave’s defence problems and Sam Jones made an immediate impact, helping Richardson get the fifth and sixth goals, rounding off an excellent second half.
The Reserves play their first home game of the season this Saturday, when Hedon-based Eddie Beedle FC are the visitors to East Riding College.