Rookes hits a hat-trick

Town's Darren Rookes out jumps the Scarborough Athletic defence but his header just went over the bar
Town's Darren Rookes out jumps the Scarborough Athletic defence but his header just went over the bar

Bridlington Town U19s 3

Scarborough Athletic U19s 1

TOWN travelled to Hunmanby to play local rivals Scarborough in a pre season friendly on Friday and ran out comfortable winners.

The game started with Town having the greater share of possession and they had several half chances in the first five minutes.

Lewis Grosse saw his shot saved by the keeper then Hansen fired wide.

James Faulkner then fired narrowly wide after receiving a return pass from a short corner.

Scarborough started to grow in confidence and the game became more evenly balanced, with the football being played by both sides very entertaining.

However it was Town who nearly took the lead when a Hansen shot came back off the post.

Not to be outdone Scarborough in their next attack were denied by a brilliant point blank save by Liam Giles in the Town goal.

Town introduced Zac Bhamji and Tom Micklethwaite for Lewis Grosse and Liam Kenney but just before half time Scarborough took the lead when a floated cross by Ryan Braithwaite ended up in the back of the net.

Half time saw Town introduce Cain Firth, Jez Longley, his brother Hughie and Lee Warters who replaced Ian Saunders-Tindall, Levi Fox, Sam Jones and Jon Richardson.

The second half started off much the same as the first with Town having the greater share of the possession and Jez Longley was being a handful for the Scarborough defence, which gradually saw his strike partner Darren Rookes come more into the game.

Eventually the pressure told and Darren Rookes scored his and Town’s first to equalise.

This fired up Scarborough who then had two chances to re-take the lead but fortunately for Town both were missed.

Town then took control and with the Scarborough defence visbly tiring Rookes fired Town ahead with a superb 20 yard strike.

Town soon added a third when a shot was saved by the keeper and the rebound fell to Rookes and though the shot appeared to be going wide took a deflection off an unfortunate Scarborough defender and ended up in the net.

The nearest to a goal after this was a Scarborough shot hitting the post late on.

This was an entertaining game with both sides playing attractive football and sets up the prospect of two tasty league games in the forthcoming Northern Alliance U19 league starting in September.