BRIDLINGTON Town’s title hopes suffered a double blow, without them kicking a ball.
Saturday’s league match at Tadcaster Albion was called off because the pitch was flooded.
That enabled league leaders Scarborough Athletic to take full advantage of The Seasiders’ day off by hammering Hall Road Rangers 7-0 at Queensgate, to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.
And there was more disappointment on Monday when Town’s leading scorer Carl Stewart announced he was leaving the club.
He is returning to Tadcaster, where he spent part of last season, before moving to Pickering Town, whom he left to join Bridlington.
Since he joined Town in August, he was prolific, grabbing 24 goals to make him the league’s joint leading scorer.
His haul included two hat-tricks and a remarkable start where he scored in nine of his first 10 games for the Seasiders.
Stewart has told fans and team-mates his decision to return to The Brewers was because of the travelling from his home near York to the East Coast.
In a message on the Bridlington Town fans forum website, Stewart said: “I would just like to say a massive thanks to everybody at the club for all their support during my time at Brid and wish the team all the best for the rest of the season.”
Bridlington manager Mitch Cook said: “I’m obviously disappointed, but I’m more disappointed in the player. We are a team at the top of the league, playing well and he has been well looked after.
“But what can we do when other teams come along and offer more than we can pay?
“I know there is the travelling, and Tadcaster is on his doorstep, but we all knew the situation when he signed and the chairman has looked after him in that respect.
“In his own words, they are paying him more money.
“We will just go back to where we were last season with the top two goalscorers in the league up front and it gives other players a chance to stake a claim too.”