Lacklustre Town comfortably beaten by Albion Sports

Bridlington Town 2013/14
Bridlington Town 2013/14

Bridlington Town failed to build on last week’s win at league leaders Thackley when they crumbled to a limp home defeat against Albion Sports.

There was a glorious chance for Albion inside the first three minutes as Tate Williams found space down the right and his cross evaded Mark Wilberforce, but Levu Maturine headed the ball down and it bounced up and over the crossbar.

The hosts responded and Frank Belt’s 25-yard shot stung the palms of Aaron Brian.

Tom Lee cleared from underneath his own crossbar from an Albion attack, and at the other end Scott Phillips nodded Joel Sutton’s cross past the far post.

Wilberforce blocked a Malachi Farquharson effort on 15 minutes, but shortly afterwards, Lee Elam delivered a pinpoint cross from the right and Maturine rose above the defence to send a powerful header into the net.

Albion looked a good side, big, athletic and inventive in attack, with the experienced Elam pulling the strings.

They doubled their lead on 28 minutes when Elam turned two defenders inside out and although Wilberforce parried his shot, Farquharson poked home the rebound.

The visitors controlled the remainder of the half, with Town failing to test Brian, although Sports did not really look like extending their advantage.

After the break, Craig Palmer surged 50 yards and tried to create an opening for Joel Sutton, but an excellent tackle denied the striker a shot at goal.

Joel Ramm was introduced for his Bridlington debut in a double substitution, as Danny Brunton was also brought on, replacing Robbie Start and Brad Ricketts.

Phillips volleyed over from 20 yards and at the other end Farquharson missed another free header from six yards.

Brian scrambled across his goal to push Fleming’s dipping 25-yarder around the post and Chris Jenkinson headed wide from the resulting corner.

Albion made it 3-0 on 77 minutes when Brunton’s mistake was capitalised on by Williams, who squared for Farquharson to tap into an empty net.

Fleming’s header drifted over the bar, but Town’s challenge had long since fizzled out. Allanson’s audacious effort from the corner of the peanlty area required Brian to be at full stretch.

Sub Jerome White could have added a fourth but blazed wildly wide, then Frank Belt made a timely intervention to halt another counter attack.

A fourth arrived in injury time, when Farquharson slipped a simple ball beyond the Bridlington defence and White ran on to confidently beat Wilberforce.

It was Town’s first defeat on a Saturday this season, but they had been comprehensively beaten by an impressive Albion outfit.