Bridlington Seabirds 6
Bridlington Excelsior 5
Driffield League Premier Division
EXCELSIOR ended up on the wrong end of this 11-goal thiller even though Seabirds had something of a selection crisis before the match.
On Friday evening, manager Gary Reynolds had 16 players available. That dropped to 15 and then he received five calls before 1.30pm on Saturday leaving him with just 10 men for first 15 minutes, until Ian Midgley turned up.
Excelsiors took advantage, going one up in the fourth minute, with an early strike from Stuart Wardle.
Seabirds replied instantly levelling matters with a quick ball out of defence, catching Excels flat footed and Jonathan Reynolds beat Ian Pearson with a well taken goal.
With play swinging from end to end chances were coming thick and fast, and Seabirds once again caught Excelsiors out with another early ball and Dale Morris scored the simplest of goals.
Excelsiors, not to be outdone drew level, with a good finish from Danny Anderson, and it was Anderson again who got the next from the penalty spot after Jaimie Chapman was pulled down from behind.
The way the game was going there was bound to be more goals to come and this time it was Seabirds turn to level the scores to go in 3-3 at half time – Jamie Osborne netting.
The second half began like the first both teams looking to get forward at every opportunity.
Seabirds once again split Excelsiors defence with another early ball and Morris made no mistake to put his side back in front.
Excelsiors then began to dominate, but couldnt turn possession into goals and Seabirds broke away to get their fifth goal of the game.
Osborne missed from the penalty spot but Kevin Watson converted the rebound.
Jaimie Chapman pulled one back for Excelsior, but this only lasted a few minutes as Seabirds regained the upper hand, with Morris completing his hat-trick.
With time running out Excelsiors pushed an extra man up front and Jason Bartley scored from close range, but it was to no avail as Seabirds held on for the three points.
Excelsiors’ man of the match: Jason Bartley
Manager’s comments: “We didnt learn from our mistakes and never got to grips with the early ball and the pace of their two front men and lack of discipline caught us out in the end but Seabirds played very well.”