Telegraph close in on Driffield League crown

Telegraph's James Webb in action
Telegraph's James Webb in action

The Driffield and District Football League enters its final week, with Telegraph needing a point from either of their final games to clinch the title.

However, the two matches are against Martonian United and title rivals Flamborough 2nds, on Saturday and Thursday respectively, so things may not be so straightforward, but a superior goal difference means the title looks to be in Telegraph’s own hands.

The league leaders’ cause was helped when Goal Sports Reserves forfeited their tie last Tuesday as they couldn’t raise a side due to shortage of players.

Saturday saw a solitary fixture, as Flamborough kept themselves in second position with a 4-1 victory against Martonian United.

The league’s top scorer Jason Ridley led the way with a brace, while a Josh Wood effort and an own goal polished off an assured performance for Boro.

Coachman failed to raise a side against Martonian FC.

The league’s final fixtures are on Saturday, when the League trophy will be presented to the victorious team.

Top goalscorer looks to be going down to the wire with Ridley, on 29, and Billy Simpson, 28, heading the table.

League official Andrew Wilkinson said: “The league requests interested parties for teams next season to get in touch as soon as possible so preparations can be put in place.

“The league endeavours to help anyone with starting a team or consolidating teams in order to have as many local players playing football as possible.

“A few teams have expressed an interest, but further dialogue is needed between interested parties to ensure they get the best help possible.

“Interested parties should call Norman Harris on 01377 255050.”

This week’s Driffield League fixtures

Tonight: Flamborough v Telegraph at Bridlington CYP

Saturday: Coachman v Brid Sports at Bridlington CYP; Spread Eagle v Martonian FC; Telegraph v Martonian Utd.

In the East Riding County League third division, Bridlington Sports Club’s promotion hopes were effectively ended by their 5-4 loss at home to second-placed Apollo Rangers.

Goals from David Stamper and Oliver Brown put Club 2-0 up, but Josh Buchan’s quickfire brace made it 2-2 before the break.

Luis Patrick put the hosts back in front on 55 minutes and five minutes later Karl Fitzpatrick made it 3-3.

Mark Cook and Aaron McIver fired Rangers into a 5-3 lead, and although Chris Brown hit a fourth for Club in the 85th minute the away side held on for the win.

Bridlington Rovers powered to a superb 8-3 win at Langtoft.

Nicholas Allanach led the way with a brace for Rovers, with Ryan Swift, Kevin Wood, Lukasz Koziello, Liam Banks, Bailey Alves, Tom Broadbent also on target.

Bridlington Town County’s bid to escape the Division One relegation zone was boosted by a 3-2 win against Middleton Rovers.

In the second minute of the game the Seasiders got off to the perfect start when Tom Goddard surged through to place the ball past the advancing goalkeeper and give his side an early lead in a hard-fought game.

Sam Gray and Alex Staveley controlled the midfield as Town dominated the first half, by putting pressure on the Middleton defence and forcing them into making mistakes, but they were unable to add to the score.

The second half began similarly to the first as Jake Taylor put the Seasiders further ahead four minutes in by making a perfect run on goal and stroking the ball beyond the goalkeeper into the net.

Town continued to have the better of the exchanges, but conceded a goal against the run of play in the 73rd minute when stand-in goalkeeper Luke Stockdale twisted his knee in coming out to collect the ball and Paul Dennis was able to dink the ball over him.

Stockdale had to be replaced by left-back Fraser Owen with Josh Morritt coming off the bench into defence.

Owen was soon tested, pulling off a low save to keep Town in front and the lead was extended 11 minutes from time when Goddard got his second from a tight angle.

Gav Bell scored a late consolation for Middleton to make it a nervous ending for the Seasiders but they held on to gain three valuable points.

County climbed out of the relegation zone and within touching distance of earning safety after Tuesday’s 2-1 home win against West Hull Amateurs.

This game against a team run by Brendon Smurthwaite, the son of Bridlington Town chairman Peter, was played at Queensgate.

It was the proverbial game of two halves with Town taking the honours in the first period and West Hull coming on strong in the second.

The Seasiders took the lead through Danial Lawton after quarter-of-a-hour and Kieran Tate increased the lead five minutes before half time to give the hosts a deserved lead at the break.

West Hull were the better side after half-time and pulled a goal back but Town held on for the win that lifted them two places to third bottom.

On Saturday the County League side are at home again with third-placed Lambwath the visitors.

Bridlington Town Reserves’ slim chances of securing promotion from Humber Premier League Division One were all-but ended with a 5-1 loss at second-placed LIV Supplies on Tuesday night.

This third versus fourth encounter was one that LIV Supplies needed to win to keep their chances of overhauling Hull United in the chase for the championship well in hand.

Hull are now five points ahead with four games to play while LIV have a further two games in hand and the two teams meet in two weeks’ time.

Bridlington need seven points from the last three games to ensure third place.

LIV soon took control of the game and after two minutes ex-Seasider Jordan Harrison, now with North Ferriby United, opened the scoring.

Further goals were added in the 17th and 23rd minutes before Ash Robinson reduced the arrears a minute later.

LIV scored a fourth nine minutes before half-time then on the resumption Town had a good half-hour but were unable to break a solid, well-organised side that is run by former Bridlington striker Craig Palmer. With seven minutes of the game remaining the hosts added a fifth.

On Saturday the Reserves are away to Easington United and will be looking for three points that will help them towards a top three finish as they go into their last three fixtures of the season.