Seasiders’ September slump continues

Parkgate 1 Bridlington Town 1
Parkgate 1 Bridlington Town 1

Following a bright start to the season when Bridlington Town went through August undefeated in the league, they have come down to earth with a bump in September going out of both FA competitions and taking just two points from three games.

Town were again without injured influential players Chris Jenkinson and Nathan White while Ash Allanson, not feeling 100% fit, was also missing from the starting 11, but came on as a substitute for the last 35 minutes.

In a bright opening for the home side, Craig Fletcher put a free header wide of a post from Ross Shelton’s centre then Adam Nicholson caught James Steer’s ball into the six-yard box following another Shelton cross.

Craig Hogg made a good turn before playing the ball into the path of Ombeni Ruhanduka who in turn found Tyler Collishaw, one of three former players who have recently resigned for Town, on the left but his cross-cum-shot sailed over the bar.

In the 13th minute, however, the Seasiders’ took the lead with a firm strike from skipper Tom Fleming. Ruhanduka won a challenge and made steps before slipping it to Fleming who finished with a left foot shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards.

Parkgate tried to hit on the counter-attack but Nicholson was alert to the situation and came out of his area to chest the ball down then pass it to Eddy Birch as Steer closed in.

Collishaw ran at the home defence and only a timely tackle from by Jonathan Wragg halted his progress while at the other end Nicholson’s poorly taken goal kick landed at the feet of Steer who drove wildly over the top.

Fletcher got beyond the Town defence as he beat the offside trap and Nicholson came to the rescue by saving with his legs and Benn Lewis blocked the follow-up from Scott Whittington.

The Seasiders pushed forward as half time approached with Ruhanduka’s run into the area being halted by Foulds’ tackle at the expense of a corner.

After the break a good header out of defence by Ryan Nicholls sent Ruhanduka on a run that was halted by a good tackle from Daniel Abdulla.

Collishaw and Ruhanduka swapped passes from a corner before the latter’s cross was held by Veall who then pushed the ball away at full stretch from Duka following a move involving Fleming and Danny Smith.

Parkgate drew level after 56 minutes when Nicholson’s challenge on Fletcher was penalised and Ross Shelton stepped up to convert the resultant penalty.

Chances were created at either end with Ryan Nicholls heading Daniel Abdulla’s ball into the area away for a corner and Fleming putting a free header wide after Alex Knaggs had intercepted a loose clearance.

A Jamie Reeson cross was just held by Veall while Nicholson stopped Fletcher’s effort and saved at the feet of late substitute George Morley.