Leaders give Town a lesson

Bridlington Town 0 Tadcaster Albion 4
Bridlington Town 0 Tadcaster Albion 4

Tadcaster Albion proved why they are top of the NCEL with a clinical display at Queensgate.

Their ability to break with pace, and in numbers, was the major difference between the two sides.

Although possession was fairly even, the Brewers were ruthless in front of goal. They only created half-a-dozen real chances, but put four away while Town were tired and deflated and, although they showed plenty of effort, rarely looked as though they would find a way on to the scoresheet.

Long-term, a third red card in four games won’t help The Seasiders’ cause, but Wayne Aziz’s dismissal for a professional foul in the last 10 minutes made little difference to the outcome of this game.

The hosts felt the sending off was harsh, but were more aggrieved by referee Ian Gittins’ taking no action when full-back Dean Craig suffered a serious injury in a clash with Albion’s Callum Ward early in the second half.

Town felt the striker had elbowed Craig, who left the pitch as a result of his injury, but the official gave only a free-kick.

In all honesty, the game was out of Bridlington’s reach even by that stage, two late first-half goals having put Taddy 3-0 up by the interval.

Bridlington should have taken an early lead. From their second corner in the first two minutes, and unmarked Tom Fleming lofted the ball over the bar from inside the six-yard box.

Philip Dobson tipped an effort from Nick Deverdics over the bar but he was beaten on nine minutes. The same midfielder’s cross-shot was diverted into his own net by makeshift centre-half Rikki Paylor.

Another trademark break from Albion almost brought a second, but Dobson made a smart save at the feet of Stuart Rice.

It was almost inevitable that Carl Stewart would score on his return to Queensgate and he obliged on 43 minutes. Deverdics crossed from the left and the former Town stirker was afforded oceans of space six yards out.

Dobson showed great reflexes to get a hand to Stewart’s powerful header, but he could only push it into the side of the net.

And in first half stoppage time, Stewart raced past Paylor, into the penalty area and he squared for Ward to tap in.

After the break, and following a delay for treatment to the stricken Craig, debutant Matthew Tait and sub Jarrod Smalley whistled fierce shots either straight at Arran Reid or wide of the target.

Stewart should have added his second but tried to be too clever and lob Dobson, but with seven minutes left, he was pulled back by Aziz, 35 yards out, and the referee produced a red card.

And with patched-up Town desperate for the final whistle, Albion added a fourth through sub Danny Critchlow on 88 minutes. Terry Taylor and Nick Thompson linked up and Critchlow bundled a shot past Dobson.