Norfolk’s instant impact on home debut

Bridlington Town 4 Maltby Main 2
Bridlington Town 4 Maltby Main 2

Bridlington Town’s search for a new striker can officially be called off.

Andy Norfolk announced his arrival at Queensgate in style, hitting a hat-trick against Maltby Main on Tuesday evening.

Another new arrival, Paul Wray, scored for the second game in a row as the Seasiders collected the three points, but the wait for a clean sheet goes on as two lapses in the second half allowed the visitors consolation goals.

The partnership of Norfolk and Wray has now brought seven goals in four days, and Norfolk, who arrived from Barton Town took just a quarter-of-an-hour to endear himself to the Town fans in midweek.

Will Waudby provided a cross and Norfolk placed a header past Maltby keeper Jamie Bailey.

Wray added a second two minutes later, cutting inside from the right and finding the net.

Waudby then struck the crossbar with a fierce shot from 25 yards, and Tim Taylor saw a shot saved, before Norfolk pretty much wrapped up the points on 43 minutes.

Tom Fleming headed on a long pass, and when a Maltby defender miskicked, Norfolk challenged Bailey, the ball bounced kindly for him and he rolled it into an empty net.

After the break, as the wind whipped up, Benn Lewis headed a corner against the post and Bailey knew very littole about how he stopped Fleming’s follow-up.

At the other end, James Hitchcock knew a lot more, as he flew to his right to save a Maltby header and Taylor blocked Nicky Darker’s rebound on the line.

A lovely move involving sub Conner Harman and Waudby ended with Norfolk swivelling and firing a shot which Gary Hibbert deflected agonisngly wide of the post.

Minutes later Maltby replied, with Daniel Swales showing a deft touch for a defender and flicking a volley past Hitchcock.

But Bridlington went straight up the pitch and restored their three-goal advantage.

A deflected Waudby effort looped up and Bailey was at full stretch to claw it off the line, Harman’s follow-up was blocked but Norfolk rifled home from six yards to ensure he was taking the match ball home.

Bailey made a fingertip save to stop Harman making it five and the hard-working Waudby pulled an effort wide.

But late in the game, Town’s defence switched off and two Maltby substitutes, Yousef Farbod and Joshua Hemmingway, combine and the latter lashed the ball past Hitchcock from 10 yards.