Bridlington Sports Club are into the last four of the Whiteheads Fish and Chips League Cup after a shock 2-1 win at Sculcoates Amateurs.
The visitors pressed from the off and forced the home side into mistakes. They soon registered the first shot on target as Jacob Brown broke from midfield to test the opposition keeper with an instinctive volley.
Sports Club had clearly taken positives from previous encounters with Sculcoates as they looked to run all over their opponents in the first period.
The away side were springing counter attacks with frightening pace as the lively attacking trio of Ash Robinson, Josh Christlow and Billy Tyler caused havoc.
This soon resulted in a deserved opening goal as Robinson showed great composure to steady himself before firing a devastating finish low into the bottom corner.
The game was boiling up nicely now as both teams snapped into challenges with brother Carl and Gary Hepples relishing the aggressive midfield battle alongside a combative Brown.
Sports reached the break with a merited one-goal advantage as they fought tooth and nail to compete.
They refused to curb their attacking instincts after the break as they continued to fashion opportunities without punishing the hosts.
Despite the spurned chances, perseverance was to be rewarded as the visitors found the crucial second goal as captain Dan Bemrose stepped up for his team to power in a wonderful header.
The backline was coping admirably with everything the hosts threw at them as man of the match Kev Wood, Bemrose, Shane Barber and Paul Smith stood firm.
When the home side did breach Sports’ resolute unit, they found an inspired Reece Nestor between the sticks as preserved their two-goal cushion.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Sports continued to look dangerous on the break as they squandered several promising opportunities to bury the home side.
Ultimately, this proved costly as Sculcoates finally broke through stubborn Sports to set up a nervy finish when Michael Leng netted with 12 minutes remaining.
The visitors continued to defend manfully as they dug deep and held on for a deserved 2-1 victory to advance into the semi-final.
This Saturday, they return to their battle against relegation from the Humber Premier League top flight when mid-table Beverley Town are the visitors to Dukes Park.
In Driffield League Premier Division, Luke Stockdale and Mark Bolton scored for Forester Athletic 1sts, and an own goal completed their tally in a 3-0 win at Flamborough 1sts.
That result took them back to the top of the table after Bridlington Rovers were beaten 1-0 at home by Burton Agnes.
Two clean sheets in a row for the impressive David Tonks was helped by a solid performance from man of the match Alex Gray and Danny Robson at centre back for Agnes.
Both teams started well but chances were rare in the first 25 minutes, with fierce but fair challenges in the middle of the park.
Rovers were delt a blow on the half hour losing Lewis Goodacre to a dead leg which ment a shuffle around and Agnes wasted no time in taking advantage when a low corner was met by Kyle Smith, and the tiny winger was clinical with his near post header to put the visitors ahead.
Rovers were unable to carve out many opportunites to get back on level terms and manager Lee Thomson said: “We played OK but this Agnes team was a surprise for us.
“They were very strong and this meant we had to graft hard which we did. I don’t think we deserved to lose.”
Stirling Wanderers won 4-0 at Bridlington Excelsior, and despite being in sixth place, they are only four points behind the leaders.
Coachman’s late surge for the Division One title continued with a resounding 11-0 win against Flamborough 2nds. Lewis Bean led the way with a hat-trick and Billy Simpson and Kane Robisnon added two each.
Josh Bowmaker, Alex Cobden and Jason Coultas were also on the scoresheet and goalkeeper Andrew Waites scored a penalty.
Joel Rollinson netted both of Crown’s goals as they went down 4-2 at leaders Driffield Star.