Miserable Town fail to test stand-in keeper

Bridlington Town v Nostell Miners Welfare
Bridlington Town v Nostell Miners Welfare

What a difference a few days make. After battling to gain all three points against a good Handsworth Parramore side last Tuesday, Bridlington Town sunk to the depths with an inept performance against a moderate Nostell Miners’ Welfare.

Heavy Bank Holiday traffic on the A64 caused Nostell to arrive late and caused the kick to be delayed by 25 minutes.

The game was held up further in the early stages while visiting goalkeeper Ben Saynor received lengthy treatment for a hand injury.

Skipper Tom Fleming and Ombeni Ruhanduka were suspended for this game and striker Lewis Clarkson was not risked because of an injury. However, new signing Robbie Hawkes made ths starting 11.

Craig Hogg, who was injured during the first period, was withdrawn at half-time but by then the damage had been done.

Following their late arrival, the Nostell players were slow off the mark and early on Will Waudby had an effort deflected, with Saynor sustaining his injury as he challenged for the loose ball with Joel Sutton.

Saynor battled on but after letting a corner slip through his fingers Blaine Kellet came to the rescue by heading off the line.

The former Bridlington keeper aggravated his injury further and was eventually replaced by substitute defender Wayne Ball in the 16th minute.

Jamie Reeson wasted an opportunity for Town by opting for a shot that was way off target instead of playing the ball inside to Sutton.

Will Waudby also failed when he collected a poor kick by Ball but sent his effort straight to the stand-in goalkeeper.

Using a flat back four to protect Ball, the visitors improved with the midfield pushing up in support when needed and Simon Poole should have done better than firing wide with only James Hitchcock to beat.

However, they hit the hosts with three goals in a 13-minute spell. In the 25th minute the ball was played to Lee Turner after Town failed to clear and he got beyond James Whittingham to drive it past Hitchcock.

Town were labouring and nine minutes later Turner led a counter attack down the left before playing the ball to Tom Robinson who netted from inside the six-yard area.

Four minutes on and Robinson was sent free and he rounded Hitchcock before notching his second.

With the first half into two minutes of added time, Sutton won the ball midway in the Nostell half and threaded a pass through to Ash Allanson who hit a swerving shot just inside Ball’s left hand post to reduce the deficit.

Chris Jenkinson replaced the injured Craig Hogg at half time and after creating two early chances, Town returned to the mediocrity of the first half and were unable to string any decent moves together as they seemed to ignore their normal passing game.

The closest the Seasiders’ came to reducing the arrears further came when Allanson lifted the ball over the defence for substitute Tom Waudby, only for his lobbed attempt to clear both Ball and the crossbar.

Jenkinson met a Will Waudby corner to head the ball downwards but it bounced up and rebounded back into play off the bar.

Tom Waudby had another sight of goal but shot straight at Ball who was not really tested by an off-colour Town.

Bridlington Town: Hitchcock, Heseltine, Whittingham, Allanson (c), Nicholls, Hogg (Jenkinson 46), Hawkes (Tom Waudby 57), Knaggs, Reeson, Sutton, Will Waudby.

Unused substitutes: Brunton, Coverdale, Clarkson.

Attendance: 139