Nine games unbeaten for Town after latest win

Bridlington Town 2 Armthorpe Welfare 0
Bridlington Town 2 Armthorpe Welfare 0

Town made it nine games unbeaten but they needed to dig deep to see off Armthorpe Welfare, thanks to goals from Craig Hogg and Frank Belt.

This was the first of a minimum of 19 games The Seasiders will have to play in the final 57 days of the season.

In preparatiuon for the hectic schedule ahead, captain Tom Fleming started on the bench as he nursed a minor knock.

With assistant manager Wayne Aziz unavailable, Chris Jenkinson wore the armband and delivered a man-of-the-match performance at the heart of the defence.

After a slow start, the hosts first attempt finally arrived on 21 minutes when Joel Sutton’s side-fo0ted effort was easily gathered by visiting keeper Liam Copley.

Ash Allanson was off target with an attempt from outside the area soon afterwards as Town tried to up the tempo, but it was proving to be a battle of attrition in the midfield.

Jenkinson made the first of a series of important blocks as Welfare made inroads down the right flank, and the move ended with an audacious flick by Craig Aspinall drifting wide of the far post.

Town finally fashioned a clear sight of goal past the half-hour mark, thanks to a wonderful pass from midfield by Rikki Paylor, but Belt spurned the opportunity by slashing his shot wide.

And for a while it looked as though the visitors might sneak a goal to punish the Seasiders.

Jenkinson came to Town’s rescue again to prevent Anthony Ryan getting on the end of Jay Rollins’ low cross, before the Welfare sub showed more invention, cutting inside fromthe left wing but dragging his shot past the near post.

Four minutes before the break, a moment of quality opened the scoring. Hogg received the ball with his back to goal, turned smartly and rifled a shot across Copley and into the bottom corner.

It meant he had passed the 20-goal mark yet again.

As mist rolled in, the men from South Yorkshire could have drawn level earlier in the second half. Referee John Roskelly gave them a ludicrous free kick, a decision which even left Welfare’s James Walker laughing, after he had slipped with no-one near him.

But it almost became no laughing matter when Chris Davies played a quick free-kick to Rollins, who was through on goal, but Philip Dobson was off his line quickly to make a smart block.

He wasn’t so smart later in the half, trying to punch a long-range effort from Davies which he could have caught, and was relieved to see Steve Garner put the rebound wide.

Town needed a second and Sutton’s swerving effort almost deceived Copley but he was able to push it away for a corner.

However it was from a corner at the other end that the goal arrived. Dobson caught an Armthorpe set piece and started a counter attack. Sutton swept past two defenders down the right and squared for the unmarked Belt to beat the keeper.