Seasiders earn valuable point at high-flying Tadcaster

Tadcaster Albion 2 Bridlington Town 2. Picture by Lea Houlihan.
Tadcaster Albion 2 Bridlington Town 2. Picture by Lea Houlihan.

Bridlington Town twice came from behind to salvage a point at Tadcaster and for the second game running they were reduced to 10 men when Frank Belt collected his second yellow card of the game with two minutes left.

Goalkeeper Mark Wilberforce suffered a broken finger in the midweek defeat at Retford and Paul Fraser came in to deputise. Joel Sutton was nursing a sore foot following the physical treatment he received from the Retford defence and was replaced by Scott Phillips.

There were chances at both ends in the early exchanges. Lee Stewart blasted over the top after Fraser had parried a 25-yard free kick and Craig Hogg, clear on goal, attempted to go round goalkeeper Lee Wrigglesworth who pushed the ball away for a corner.

The hosts took the lead on seven minutes when former Town player Stuart Rice cut in to fire past an unsighted Fraser with the ball taking a deflection on its way in.

Three minutes later Danny Brunton played the ball down the left for Scott Phillips, who went past Josh Barrett before striking it goalwards and Hogg was on hand to make sure the ball crossed the line.

A diagonal ball from 20 yards inside his own half by Palmer found Belt in a good position but the ball took a nasty bobble and the chance was gone.

A free kick, given away by Allanson, ended with a weak header by Barrett going straight to Fraser and Allanson collected his fifth booking of the season with a rash challenge on Vincent Dhesi who took no further part in the game.

Town also had Tom Bennett booked earlier in the half for a late tackle on Denny Ingram.

A Belt free kick was headed behind for a corner from which Tadcaster broke but Bennett got across to clear away from Barrett and Rice and the teams went into the break all square.

Town were forced into a change early in the second half with Allanson carrying an injury and as the Brewers exerted pressure Fraser saved well from Carl Stewart.

Both Palmer and Belt were booked for late challenges and in between the Brewers retook the lead. Carl Stewart’s strike took a big deflection off Jenkinson to go past a wrong-footed Fraser.

Since Allanson’s departure, Brid had lost some momentum but they drew level with 18 minutes remaining. Tadcaster failed to get the ball clear following a corner and Tom Fleming’s effort took a ricochet, enabling Jenkinson to prod the ball home.

Both sides were looking to win the game but they were lacking ideas in the final third of the pitch. After Belt’s second yellow card for attempting a high kick with opponents in close proximity, Carl Stewart was also booked for going in with his foot up.

Tadcaster sensed this was their opportunity against the 10 men and Fraser kicked clear as Carl Stewart closed in while William Pepper had a late chance but headed over from inside the six-yard box.