Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson’s birthday celebrations were spoiled as Worksop Town ended his team’s six-game unbeaten run.
The visitors made the most of Tadcaster Albion’s involvement in the FA Vase to leapfrog them at the top of the NCEL
Bridlington’s young side are often accused of being too naive at times, whereas streetwise Worksop were the exact opposite and knew every trick in the book to kill the game once they went 2-1 up, mainly
You could boil an egg quicker than they took some of their corners and throw-ins, as they strangled the life out of the game in the dying minutes.
Bridlington were unable to build up any rhythm and the impressive number of travelling fans were left to chant ‘we are top of the league’ as their side left the field.
Both sides forced a couple of corners in the early exchanges but were unable to muster a decent sight of goal.
The first chance fell to Worksop’s lively striker Andrew Ofosu. Chris Jenkinson allowed a huge clearance to bounce and Ofosu ran clear but James Hitchcock stood tall and blocked his shot.
The hosts were forced into an early change because of Will Waudby’s injury and fell behind on 14 minutes. Ofosu capitalised on a slight heistation by Hitchcock to beat him to Conor Sellars flick and prod home.
Town striker Lewis Poucher was facing a tough time in the land of the giants that was Worksop’s defence, but he almost managed to get on the end of Chris Adams’ lovely pass until keeper Jonathan Stewart raced from his line to tackle him.
At the other end, Worksop looked dangerous again and Benn Lewis had to clear from under his own crossbar when Ofosu easily brushed past Alex Knaggs down the right and fired across goal.
Bridlington had settled but were struggling to engineer many goalscoring chances until Poucher produced a great piece of skill. receiving the ball on the edge of the area, he dragged the ball back as a defender dived in and the lashed a shot high into the net from 16 yards.
To confuse matter, the opposing number 10s were called Chris Adams and Chris Adam, and it was the Worksop man who went nclosest to scoring before the break.
Firstly, his effort from a tigh angle was blocked by Hitchcock’s foot at his near post and from the resulting corner, his shot on the turn was deflected wide.
Hitchcock flapped at another corner, flicking it on to his crossbar, before Knaggs got himself out of a hole, producing a good block after a poor first touch when trying to cut out a cross presented another chance to Ofosu.
Half-time arrived with scores level, but that didn’t prevent the visitors from getting a dressing room dressing down that could be heard from the stand.
It almost backfired as Brid hit the woodwork on the first minute of the second half, as Eddy Birch’s looping header clipped the top of the bar.
Bridlington had definitely decided to play more directly than usual, and Poucher tried an audacious attempt from 25 yards which Worksop’s giant keeper Stewart caught at full stretch.
But the visitors fought back and a good interception by full-back James Cottingham provided the launchpad for another attack as he ventured upfield and supplied Ofosu with a lovely ball in the right channel but his cross was cleared behind for another corner.
Sellars had a goal ruled out for offside, and Town sub Jarrod Smalley was booked for a foul, before Worksop went ahead on 65 minutes.
Adam chased a long ball and fired low past Hitchcock in front of the visiting supporters.
That was the signal for the Tigers to take as long as they could over everything, with the length of time one substitution took bordering on embarrassing.
Brid tried not to let get frustration get the better of them and Ash Allanson’s inswinging cross hit the inside of the far post.
Ofosu could have wrapped the game up, but he was unable to adjust his feet so he could meet Adam’s cross properly.
With six minutes to go, there was finally a booking for time-wasting, for keeper Stewart, but the final chance of the game went to the visitors, as Tom Elliott’s chip landed on the roof of Hitchcock’s net.