Last minute opponents put up a good challenge

Bridlington Town v Edgehill FC
Bridlington Town v Edgehill FC

Bridlington Town 2

Edgehill 1

Pre-season friendly

A CRAIG Hogg double gave Bridlington Town a narrow victory in an entertaining game against Scarborough and District champions Edgehill, who took the fixture at short notice after Evo-Stik Premier side Stocksbridge Park Steels pulled out less than 48 hours before kick-off. Town had an early scare when Ricky Greening got past Carl Giblin but a covering tackle by Rob Eeles put an end to the threat.

The home side gradually took control with Craig Palmer having a header from a Ged Dalton corner saved by Jamie Haxby and then Gareth Owen saw a shot go narrowly wide.

After 20 minutes the Seasiders took the lead when Craig Hogg noticed Haxby off his line and from the edge of the centre circle he beat the goalkeeper with a perfectly executed lob.

Minutes later Tom Lee sent an effort just over the bar.

Town had ruled the first half with Tom Fleming controlling midfield and Eeles commanding in defence.

Both sides made substitutions after the break and the visitors came more into the game although replacement goalkeeper Chris Ferrey was called on to make several fine saves to prevent Bridlington from adding to their score.

Nine minutes into the second half Edgehill drew level when a free kick from in front of the home dugout was well delivered by Jamie Patterson and Ryan Cooper rose at the far post to head home.

Town got back on top in the later stages and a header from Wayne Aziz was well saved by Ferrey while Ben Denham also went close to scoring.

With six minutes remaining Hogg beat Ferrey from 25 yards to restore the lead but Fleming was denied by the keeper, when he tipped a 20-yard shot round the post.

This was a good exercise for the Seasiders in their first pre-season game and Mitch Cook looks to have made some astute additions to the players that have stayed loyal to the club.