Town are one step away from KC Stadium

Before the game, Bridlington Town forward Joel Sutton received the Ken Knight player of the month trophy from Betty Knight
Before the game, Bridlington Town forward Joel Sutton received the Ken Knight player of the month trophy from Betty Knight

As quarter-finals go, this was pretty dreadful, but no-one will remember if Bridlington Town can go on and book a place in the East Riding Senior Cup final.

They are now just one step away from another night at the KC Stadium, but it will undoubtedly require a huge improvement if they are to win their semi-final.

Looking rusty after two weeks without a game, The Seasiders’ cause wasn’t helped by a blustery wind which gusted around Queensgate all evening.

Their neighbours from the Humber Premier League were organised and battled hard, but they never looked like they had the belief that they were capable of pulling off a cup upset.

At 1-0 behind, Hornsea always had a chance of taking the tie to extra time and penalties, but they didn’t manage to create a decent chance during the 90 minutes.

Town progressed thanks to the one moment of real quality in a dismal encounter. Tom Lee, making his first start after a knee injury, strode forward and unleashed an arrow of a shot from 25 yards which flew past Nathan Otley and into the top corner.

But it was a night where there were more offside flags than goal attempts.

The tempo was slow from the off, and the only incidents of note in the opening quarter of an hour were a disallowed Craig Hogg goal and when Otley plucked a James Bennett cross off Hogg’s head.

Hornsea could have made the game interesting when Lewis Reeve dispossessed Craig Palmer on the halfway line, but he couldn’t find the killer pass which would have set Nick Richmond free.

At the other end, Joel Sutton was trying to spark some life in Bridlington’s attacks, firstly making a good run into the box which was only stopped at the expense of a corner, and then his deflected shot forced Otley into a save at the foot of his post.

The visitors’ keeper was called into action again as he flung himself to his left to push away Bennett’s curling effort from 25 yards.

Then Otley was quick off his line to deny Hogg a birthday goal.

Sutton was booked for a late challenge on Jon Dunn and half time arrived with Town having enjoyed a lot of possession, but doing little with it.

Ash Allanson started the second half with a long-range shot which cleared the crossbar, before Lee gave Town the lead on 53 minutes with his excellent strike.

Anyone who thought this would open the floodgates was wrong and six substitutions in a quarter-of-an-hour still failed to ignite the game.

One of the replacements, Joel Ramm, forced Otley into a comfortable save, as did Bennett, while Hornsea sub Joe Singleton hit a fierce 30-yard free-kick straight into the midriff off Philip Dobson.

The underdogs had a desperate penalty appeal waved away in injury time, when Ramm tangled with Luke Singleton, but Brid held on.