Seasiders survive Sculcoates scare

Bridlington Town 3

Sculcoates Amateurs 1

(after extra time)

THE sides met at a stage earlier than in last season’s competition when Town won 2-0 in the semi-final to book their place in the final at the KC Stadium. Gareth Owen was cup-tied so new signing Mark Barber was on the bench.

Sculcoates are currently at the top of the Humber Premier League and were keen to avenge that defeat but after forcing last year’s finalists to extra time they finally bowed out of the competition.

Sculcoates shook the home side by taking the lead after only two minutes through Mike Leng.

Bridlington were not playing particularly well and could have fallen further behind when one of their former players, Danny Drayton, missed the target when faced with an open goal.

Town suffered a setback after twenty minutes when leading scorer Craig Hogg was withdrawn with an injury and replaced by Ash Allanson. They did not produce much in the first half and went into the interval still trailing 1-0.

The Seasiders did not fare much better during the second half until Ash Allanson levelled the scores with five minutes left when he pounced on to the rebound of a shot from Tom Fleming.

They then started to get on top but could not prevent the game from going into an extra half-hour.

Just two minutes into extra time they got their noses in front when Scott Phillips headed in from a corner and from then on they bossed the game and it was made safe four minutes from time.

Captain Tom Fleming latched on to a through pass and advanced before slipping the ball past goalkeeper James Hitchcock.

Bridlington Town: Saynor, Wright (Palmer 55), Brunton, Bennett, Kemp, Lee, Rhodes, Fleming (c), Phillips, Steve Lyon (Barber 76), Hogg (Allanson 20).

Attendance: 122

Man of the match: Danny Brunton (another solid performance in what so far is a good season for the defender)

THE postponement of the game at Nostell on Saturday means another midweek date for the Seasiders with the game being rearranged for Tuesday March 29 and now they have Tuesday and Saturday fixtures until at least the first week of April.