Palmer’s late goal puts Town into quarter-finals

Bridlington Town v Parramore FC
Bridlington Town v Parramore FC

An injury time goal from Craig Palmer sent Bridlington Town into the quarter-finals of the NCEL League Cup.

Extra time looked inevitable until Palmer, who had played as a striker instead of in his more usual midfield position, finally broke the deadlock.

Town started poorly but they improved as the game went on, although the tie was hardly a cup classic.

An early goal for Parramore, scored by Craig Fletcher, was disallowed for offside, and the same player then forced Phil Dobson to push a swerving long-range effort over the bar.

The visitors continued to look the more comfortable side on the ball, and after keeping possession for more than a minute, Fletcher and full back Richard Ingram linked up in a move that ended with Jordan Eagers pulling a shot wide of the far post.

Tom Fleming’s shot from the edge of the area, which was easily gathered by Stephen Hernandez, was Town’s first effort of the game and it had taken 25 minutes to arrive.

Rikki Paylor threatened next, but his attempt was off target from 20 yards, and then Frank Belt chanced his arm from further out, but the keeper made a fingertip save.

Town looked much more settled and a sweeping move resulted in Belt drifting inside and lifting a shot over the bar.

Sam Smith headed wide at the other end, after a left-wing cross, but the interval arrived with the match goalless.

Town started the second half well with Fleming and Belt carving open the defence down the right, but Joel Sutton slicing a shot wide.

The presence of Chris Jenkinson was enough to prevent Parramore’s Fletcher getting a clean strike away, then came the best chance of the game as Palmer strode into the area but Hernandez was off his line smartly to block his effort.

Eagers beat Dobson but Jenkinson cleared off the line as it looked increasingly like one goal might settle the game.

Dobson made a good block with his feet and Eagers put the rebound wide.

Belt powered a free kick just too high and as the game entered the last 10 minutes, Fletcher inexplicably dithered after Parramore beat the offside trap and Joel Ramm and Dobson combined to smother the danger.

The game became stretched and Town broke from a Parramore corner and eventually Belt’s shot was well pushed wide by Hernandez.

Sub James Bennett’s effort clipped the top of the crossbar in the 90th minute as everyone was braced for extra time.

But in injury time, Palmer let fly from 20 yards and the ball skidded past Hernandez, who got a hand to the ball, and probably should have kept it out.

So the Seasiders head into the last eight, but give the fixture compilers another headache as they try to squeeze another game into Town’s packed schedule.