Sports Club survive on last day of the season after hammering St Andrews

Bridlington Sports Club 6 St Andrews 2
Bridlington Sports Club 6 St Andrews 2

Sports Club went into their final game against St Andrews, knowing a win was the only result that would save them from relegation from the Humber Premier League.

The game started tensely with both teams attempting to pass the ball around well. Dixon, Douthwaite and McEwan took control in the centre of the park, linking up well with Wallace who was attempting to create early chances to open the scoring.

The first goal came on 20 minutes when counter attacking from Gregory and Bogle resulted in a free kick which Douthwaite curled into the area for Wallace to finish well from 12 yards.

St Andrews reacted well and forced some pressure which was dealt with easily by Bemrose and Barber at centre back and Mallen in goal.

A counter attack from Robinson and Bogle broke down after some good defending but the clearance fell to Dixon who doubled Sports Club lead with an outstanding 50-yard lob into the top corner hitting both the bar and post.

Controversy followed when the ball bounced back out of the goal but the assistant referee confirmed the ball had fully crossed the line and the goal was awarded.

Sports Club were in control but their two-goal lead was short lived when Wallace found himself in the unusual position of full back and produced a clumsy foul to give the visitors a penalty.

The penalty was saved by Mallen but he and the home team failed to react quickly as the striker tapped in the rebound.

Webb was introduced to replace Bogle and he was instantly involved gaining a free kick which didn’t hit the target.

Robinson could have extended the lead further but his strike went just wide and his other chance which was volleyed in was deemed offside just before half-time.

The second half began slowly for Sports Club with St Andrews trying to get the equaliser.

The defence of Jack, Barber, Bemrose and Gregory were holding confidently but increased pressure saw but long chances and corners wasted by the visitors including an open header at the back post which flew over the bar.

Shortly after a breakaway saw a goalmouth scramble where Robinson tapped in from two yards to get his seventh goal in 14 games.

Christlow was introduced to replace Dixon and he made an instant impact on the wing with his pace and the full back was unable to get close to his attacking runs.

The pace paid dividends quickly after when some good play by Douthwaite and Webb saw the bouncing through ball lobbed over the keeper from 20 yards by Christlow.

Sports Club grew in confidence although St Andrews got one back with a long-range effort which bent past Mallen in to the top corner.

This didn’t deter the home team’s pressure and shortly afterwards, Robinson crossed a perfect ball for McEwan to produce a bullet header into the top corner and put to bed the demons of his missed volley from two yards in the away fixture.

In the dying stages St Andrews lost hope and Sports Club won a penalty which was converted by Douthwaite to complete the scoring.

Man of the match: Dean Douthwaite