Tigers shake off first-half hangover

Quay Leisure v Bridlington Tigers
Quay Leisure v Bridlington Tigers

Quay Leisure 1

Bridlington Tigers 3

Driffield League Division One

After 35 minutes Quay got a goal from a free kick halfway inside their own half, which was taken by keeper Reece Hardy.

He lofted the ball into the Tigers box who failed to clear, and Joe Baker got a touch to the ball as it bounced towards goal.

Quay were the happiest at the break, having created most of the opportunities and been on top for most of the first half

Across the field, serious words were spoken at half time and a Tigers substitution was made to change the game,

From the start of the second half Tigers really showed some passion, making up for the first with some quality passing and communication everywhere on the pitch.

Neil Freeman took a quick corner and after a couple of ricochets, the ball hit David Sharp’s chest and keeper Hardy pushed it on to the post, but the referee decided the ball had crossed the line, despite Quay’s protests.

With both teams battling hard in midfield it was Tigers who took the lead, with a goal which was almost a carbon copy of the first.

Freeman curled another corner to the back post and the ball slipped under the grasp of the keeper to make it 2-1.

After the goal Quay pressed for a leveller with Baker and Day trying to get on the end of a few chances created by some searching balls from the midfield and the defence but to no avail.

Tigers felt they had the game under control even though Quay were testing their defence. And they extended their lead when Jack Tye’s through ball found Jason Ridley, who took a nice touch outside the box and finished neatly.

Quay kept plugging away in the final 10 minutes but the hungover Tigers felt they had done enough to get a well deserved win.

Quay manager Rob Sanders said: “Quay deserved more from this game as overall they created more chances and played the better football.”

Tigers manager Simon Lowe said: “Thanks to those who carried the drunks on Saturday, it all came good in the end, Fantasic passion lads.”

Tigers men of the match: Neil Freeman and Jack Tye.

Tigers sponsors: The Ship Inn Sewerby, JP Sellars Dental Lab and The Dental Studio, Nick Crabtree Caravan Domestic.