Leeds United’s stars of tomorrow enjoyed their trip to the seaside as they put six past hosts Bridlington Town.
On a warm and sunny afternoon at Queensgate, the Championship side’s youngsters opened the scoring on 17 minutes when a corner was pulled back to Tom Pearce, 25 yards out, and he fired a shot through a crowded penalty area and into the far corner of James Hitchcock’s goal.
Bridlington responded well and when a corner of their own was not properly cleared by the Leeds defence, the ball eventually fell to Brett Agnew, who beat the keeper and a defender on the line to equalise just past the half-hour mark.
And the big Scottish striker thought he had given the Seasiders a half-time lead when he clinically drove a shot past Theo Richardson, which clipped the inside of the right-hand post before landing in the net.
But in the final minute of the first half, a lovely Leeds passing move set Pearce free down the left and he arrowed a stunning effort across Hitchcock and into the top corner.
After an evenly-matched opening 45 minutes, Bridlington made a number of changes at the break, and United punished them.
A flurry of goals by three of Leeds’ six trialists put the visitors 5-2 ahead and the game was over as a contest.
Late on, Lewis Knight ran through and scuffed a shot past Hitchcock, which bobbled in off the post to make it six, but almost immediately Town’s new signing Danny Chambers got his first goal for the club to reduce the arrears.
There was no more scoring, although both teams went close in the dying stages, with Brid’s Joel Sutton fractionally off-target with a free kick and Knight unlucky not to add his second with the very last kick of the game.