Points shared in battle of the resorts

Cleethorpes Town 1 Bridlington Town 1
Cleethorpes Town 1 Bridlington Town 1

A five-game winning sequence came to an end for Bridlington Town at the Bradley Community Stadium but their unbeaten run continued.

Gary Allanson kept faith with the same 11 that started in the win at Albion Sports in midweek and Town were the first to show with Tom Fleming playing the ball forward to Chris Adams whose deft flick gave Will Waudby the chance to run towards the by line before putting in a centre that was held by Liam Higton.

Cleethorpes were still smarting from the 6-0 loss at Heanor Town last time out and started to get forward but the Town defence was organised and James Hitchcock well protected.

The hosts did manage to get the ball into the net but the flag had gone up early for an offside decision although referee Matt McGrath consulted his assistant before disallowing it.

Hitchcock was eventually called on to save a 20-yard low shot from Luke Mascall then again thwarted him by blocking an attempt after a throw was allowed to be taken some 15 yards further forward from where the ball went out.

Higton parried an effort from Benn Lewis and reacted quickly to retrieve the ball as Waudby closed in but the two players were involved when the visitors took the lead in the 37th minute. Lewis floated the ball in towards the Cleethorpes goal area and Waudby stabbed the ball home for his second goal of the season.

Chris Jenkinson almost doubled the lead with a header from a corner but Daniel Grant cleared it off the line then Higton produced a double save from Lewis Poucher and Adams.

Three minutes before half time the scores were back level when Jack Richardson finished a counter-attack by beating Hitchcock with a low strike from 20 yards. Hitchcock then spread himself well to prevent Mascall from sending the Owls into the break in front.

Cleethorpes had edged the first half but the Seasiders’ started the second period the better and when Higton fumbled a cross from Adams, Liam Dickens and Kirk Wheeler contrived to crowd out Poucher to keep their goal intact.

Both sides tried to create openings but they were at a premium and when Jonathan Oglesby was given a chance with a free kick on the edge of the penalty area he sliced it well wide.

Adams drove across the face of the goal following Fleming’s head-on from a throw in and Higton gathered a through ball intended for Poucher before Craig Hogg came on as a late replacement for the striker.

Hogg almost sealed a win from an attempt with the outside of his boot that curled just beyond the post.

The game was played in a competitive but mostly sporting manner although Town had shouts for a penalty turned down in the dying minutes when Adams was sent sprawling in the area.