Third win in a row for the Seasiders

Liversedge 0 Bridlington Town 2
Liversedge 0 Bridlington Town 2
  • Three league wins in a row for Town
  • Midfielders Birch and Fleming on target for The Seasiders
  • Leading scorer Ruhanduka returns from injury in sub appearance

Bridlington Town warmed up for their East Riding Senior Cup semi-final with their third successive league win.

Apart from an early cross from Lewis Poucher that was held by Liversedge goalkeeper Sam Dobbs, Town were slow to get going and in the opening 10 minutes Liversedge were the better side.

The visitors then started to get into the game and they went in front on 12 minutes when Tom Fleming won the ball and as it fell to Eddy Birch 25 yards out, he unleashed a strike that flew past Dobbs into the top corner.

Some of Town’s forays into the opposing half were wasted by wayward crosses that finished up in touch.

Liversedge were just as bad with their finishing as five efforts went astray. Joel Farrar appeared to be offside when the ball was played up to him and although play was allowed to continue he hesitated enough for Danny Brunton to take the ball off him. The striker then had two attempts that went nowhere near the target and Kieran Corley also drove the ball wide.

The only corner of the half fell to Town after 38 minutes but it was hit too deep by Birch who also saw a 25-yard free kick go past both the outstretched hand of Dobbs and the post.

When the second half got underway Fleming evaded three tackles before finding the safe hands of Dobbs, then Town had muted appeals for a penalty turned down by Hyde referee Alan Clayton who, on the whole, had a very good game.

Chris Adams was brought down by the corner of the penalty area but Birch couldn’t keep the resultant free kick low enough to trouble Dobbs then Poucher headed a Waudby centre back across goal and behind.

Two half chances were missed by the visitors with Fleming shooting wide after a run that took him across the 18-yard line and Dobbs came off his line early to smother a low effort from Adams.

Town goalkeeper James Hitchcock did well to collect a Jameel Nawaz centre when under pressure from Farrar and McMurrough then Farrar missed a good opportunity to equalise when he was left unmarked in front of goal but failed to connect with McMurrough’s low cross. That apart, it was Bridlington who created the better openings as Dobbs collected Fleming’s strike at the second attempt and Hogg’s touch let him down when put in by Harman.

The returning Ombeni Ruhanduka came on and when he played the ball inside to fellow sub Craig Hogg who got into the penalty area but in trying to dribble his way through he appeared to be going up a blind alley as defenders combined to block his way to goal. The substitute, however, turned to lay the ball back into the path of Fleming and the skipper sealed the victory with a shot from 15 yards.

Just before the end ‘Duka’ was cautioned for a late challenge on Glen O’Gara to join both Dobbs and Mitchell Pearson in Mr. Clayton’s book after they had earlier dissented to his decisions.