Seasiders are stung by late double strike

Joel Sutton scored a free kick
Joel Sutton scored a free kick

Bridlington Town’s 2-2 draw at Hemsworth Miners Welfare felt more like a defeat, according to manager Gary Allanson.

The Seasiders were 2-0 up with six minutes to go in their opening league match, but allowed the hosts to strike back for a share of the points.

A Sam Leigh own goal put Town ahead at the break, and a stunning free kick by Joel Sutton doubled the lead on 70 minutes.

But goals from Daniel Henighan and a 25-yarder from Nash Connelly in the closing stages gave the promoted side a draw.

Allanson said: “It actually feels like we have lost. We dominated the game for 85 minutes then conceded two goals in four minutes.

“We did our homework on them and nullified them to three shots all game and they scored two goals, it was really, really disappointing how we finished the game.

“In their previous three games they had scored all their goals in the first 20 minutes so we set up a game plan to nullify this and for us to turn it on its head and be on the front foot and attack them.

“We had a good shape and defensively as a team we looked solid, we were disciplined and organised especially the first 20 minutes and had the better chances.

“Their keeper made three very good saves and we missed a very good chance.

“When Joel Sutton scored a fantastic free kick to make it 2-0, their heads had gone and their body language had defeat written all over them, but credit to them they kept working hard and plugging away.

“As they started putting more pressure on us, we lost our composure and panicked.

“It is frustrating that we can’t keep a clean sheet at the moment and we can’t seem to manage games out at important times, it was certainly two points dropped last night, but we will take the positives.”