There was no let up for Bridlington Town’s young side as they were playing their fourth competitive game in nine days against a Handsworth Parramore team that were third in the table.
Handsworth came into the game on the back of their first league defeat, a 3-0 home reverse against Tadcaster Albion with former Town player Josh Greening helping himself to a hat trick.
Chris Jenkinson and Nathan White were ruled out with the injuries that led to them being substituted at Newcastle on Saturday. Benn Lewis replaced Jenkinson while Ryan Nicholls returned to the side following his recent wedding.
Town started well but after some naïve defending found themselves four goals down before the half hour mark.
Warren Burrell’s free kick after seven minutes just cleared Adam Nicholson’s bar but two minutes later the goalkeeper presented Handsworth with the first goal when his kick out from Nicholls’ back pass landed at the feet of Callum Ward, giving him an open goal.
Four minutes later a Town corner was cleared up field for Lee Whittington to chase with Nicholson attempting to close him down but not getting there and the Parramore striker made no mistake.
Ash Allanson had an effort turned over by goalkeeper Andrew Sneath and Craig Hogg had the ball in the net but had already been ruled offside.
Handsworth were hitting the Seasiders with quick decisive breaks and on twenty-four minutes Luke Fletcher got to the by-line before passing to Sam Smith who in turn touched it on for Burrell to score.
It got worse five minutes later when Will Waudby lost the ball and another quick raid ended with Sam Smith netting number four.
Hogg shot straight at Sneath and Eddy Birch’s rising strike cleared the bar, as Town were unable to match the clinical finishing of their opponents.
Two minutes before the break Hogg came off with a calf injury and was replaced by Jamie Reeson.
Immediately after the restart Alex Knaggs made a determined run into the Parramore area avoiding three tackles before being eventually bundled over and Allanson duly obliged from the penalty spot.
Town fared better in the second half with Allanson, Reeson and Norton all going close but they were unable to get another breakthrough despite Reeson hitting the bar and, after Sam Smith had a goal ruled out for offside, Town succumbed again in time added on when from another counter attack down the right the ball was played into substitute Vill Powell who rolled the ball past Nicholson and ensured his side went to the top of the table for 24 hours at least.
The match statistics give a closer picture than the score presents but the Seasiders have to tighten up in defence and make their attacks count if they are have the opportunity to do just that at Parkgate on Saturday.