Late winner gives Town a 100% start to season

Craig Hogg in action against Staveley on the opening day of the season.
Craig Hogg in action against Staveley on the opening day of the season.

Bridlington Town 2

Barton Town Old Boys 1

Northern Counties East League

An injury time winner ensured Bridlington Town began their NCEL campaign with two wins out of two.

But it was three points they barely deserved after being frustrated by a resilient Barton Town Old Boys outfit who fell behind for the first time in the match to Craig Hogg’s 92 minute lob.

The match had due to be played on the south bank of the Humber, but floodlight problems at Barton’s ground meant the fixture was switched to Queensgate at short notice.

That did not disrupt the Swans though and they took the lead on 12 minutes with Luke Thompson’s well-controlled volley from Ashley Lattimore’s chipped pass.

A last-ditch tackle by Henry Gill denied Ash Allanson after he burst into the area in search of an equaliser, but the Seasiders were level on 28 minutes.

Allanson’s quickly-taken free kick was flighted towards Hogg, and the striker glanced a header past hesitant keeper Ben White.

Barton frustrated the hosts for the rest of the first half with impressive displays in defence by two converted strikers, Gareth Barlow and ex-Town favourite Craig Palmer.

Barlow started the second half with a flourishing, bursting forward from defence and past three tackles before being thwarted by keeper Mark Wilberforce, and Thompson somehow scooped the rebound over the empty net.

The Bridlington keeper made another decent save to deny Lattimore’s first-time effort, and then rushed out to dive at the feet of Thompson, who also saw a 25-yard free kick just miss the top corner.

The Seasiders were struggling to find any rhythm and Barton looked the most likely winners in the later stages.

A long deep cross was turned over the bar by Ryan Cooper at full stretch from just four yards out before Town finally shook themselves into life.

Hogg capitalised on palmer’s mistake but his shot was beaten away by White, who later beat Ben Silburn’s attempt round the post following good work by sub Paul Wray and Hogg.

In injury time, Bridlington were thankful to a fantastic block by Danny Brunton as Alex Sherwood stepped on to Gareth Owen’s crossfield ball, and they then went down the other end of the pitch and snatched the points.

Silburn sent Hogg through and his careful lob over White seemed to take an eternity to hit the net.

There was still time for Barton to waste one last chance, as Palmer headed a corner over fron four yards. Town had got out of jail.