Seasiders facing fixture pile-up

Jake Day in action for Brid Town
Jake Day in action for Brid Town

Bridlington Town's end of season run-in is set to be hectic after Saturday's NCEL Premier Division match at Albion Sports became the latest Seasiders match to fall victim to the weather.

Along with all but one of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division fixtures Town’s visit to Albion on Saturday fell victim to the rain that fell on Friday night and Saturday morning and made the pitch at Farsley become waterlogged. The fixture has yet to be re-arranged.

With the league’s fixture list now becoming congested and one League Cup third round tie plus four fourth round ties yet to be completed, several teams are facing two midweek fixtures on occasions.

The Seasiders find themselves in that situation this week with games at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday, weather permitting.

Tuesday will see Penistone Church making the 180-mile round trip for the league fixture that was postponed because of a frozen Queensgate pitch at the beginning of March.

Penistone are in their first season in the Premier Division following their promotion via the play-offs last April in only their third season in the league.

They also won last season’s League Cup by defeating the Seasiders 4-1 in the Final at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground.

This season’s league fixture between the two clubs at Church View at the end of September finished as a two-all draw. At present Penistone are in seventh position, one place and two points better than Town, thanks mainly to an impressive home record.

Two days later Division One side Campion, also relatively newcomers to the league, will make the journey from Bradford for their first visit ever visit to Queensgate for a League Cup fourth round tie.

The original fixture was due to take place three weeks ago but the Bridlington pitch was waterlogged.

Last season, their first in the league, Campion finished just two places below the play-offs in eighth position and this term before Tuesday’s game at sixth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare they were 10th but with a couple of games in hand they could still push for a play-off place.

The winners of Thursday’s game will go forward into the quarter-finals.