Sutton sinks Albion with stunning breakaway goal

Tom Fleming and Joel Sutton celebrate the captain's opening goal against Albion Sports.
Tom Fleming and Joel Sutton celebrate the captain's opening goal against Albion Sports.

A lightning-quick breakaway goal gave Bridlington Town victory over Albion Sports in awful conditions at Queensgate.

Playing into a strong wind and driving rain in the second half, Town were finding life tough as the game approached its final 10 minutes.

But strikers Joel Sutton and Andy Norfolk combined to produce a devastating counter-attach which earned the points.

The game was evenly poised at 1-1, with the Seasiders defending an Albion free kick in their own box. Seconds later they were celebrating the winner.

The ball fell to Sutton on the edge of his own penalty area and he slid a brilliant pass 60 yards upfield to Norfolk. The striker held the ball up, created space for himself, and when he eventually squared the ball into the penalty area, Sutton had covered the length of the pitch to finish the move off.

Until then, the game had been hampered by the testing conditions, with Bridlington making the most of having the wind at their backs in the first half and Albion improving after the break.

The hosts took the lead in the 21st minutes.

Will Waudby was tripped unnecessarily on the touchline by full back Joe Barden and he got up to clip the free kick straight on to the head of Tom Fleming, who was unmarked six yards out and nodded past Jack Bentley.

Sutton saw a shot deflected wide and another effort gathered safely by Bentley as Town looked to give themselves a bigger advantage while the conditions favoured them.

He also felt he was tripped in the box, but his penalty appeals were waved away.

The closest Bridlington came to a second first-half goal came right on the whistle.

Waudby’s cross had Bentley scrambling backwards and when he clawed the ball away, Tim Taylor thundered a shot against the underside of the crossbar.

As the rain became heavier after the break, Albion’s Marcus Edwards had a goal disallowed for offside and Taylor hit a long-range attempt just past the post.

Fleming picked up his 10th booking of the season, and Benn Lewis and the visitors’ Aran Basi also saw yellow cards midway through the half, before Albion drew level.

Veteran left-winger Lee Elam floated in a cross and Edwards sneaked in behind the defence to head home from close range.

But 11 minutes later, Sutton restored Town’s lead and in injury time, another burst forward saw Albion’s keeper sent off.

Sutton set Norfolk free again. Bentley darted 30 yards from his goal and clattered into the striker as he took the ball around him.

There was little choice for referee Garreth Rhodes and as Bentley left the field, so did Albion’s hopes of salvaging a draw.