Bridlington Town Reserves won the battle of the top two in East Riding County League Premier Division, winning 3-0 at Beverley Town Reserves in very awkward conditions and strong winds.
Captain Louis Gregory won the toss and opted to play with the wind in the first half, hoping to build up a lead to defend in the second half.
Town’s early pressure paid off when Jason Barnes capitalised on hesitation between the Beverley defence and goalkeeper and nipped in to prod home from close range.
Bridlington were hoping to add more in the first half but Beverley’s defence didn’t make the same mistake twice and cleared their lines and held firm until half time.
Town expected Beverley to come out of the blocks in the second half but it was the visitors, playing into the wind, who played some excellent football, leaving Beverley to chase shadows.
The lead was extended when Chris Eyres was cynically fouled in the area and he picked himself up and scored from the spot.
Town introduced Frankie Reffold for Louis Rafter and the substitute made it 3-0. Put clear on the right he cut in and shot past the keeper and defender on the line.
Tom Benninger came on for the injured Dale Wain and was immediately in the thick of the action, clearing any attack Beverley could muster.
Youngster Tom Coates came on for Eyres and with a bit more luck, could have scored but a Beverley defender just managed to get back to clear his goal-bound shot. However, Town moved clear at the top.