Town denied a late winner by the crossbar

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Bridlington Town 1 Barton Town Old Boys 1

Only the crossbar denied Bridlington Town an injury time winner against Barton Town.

Having beaten the Swans in the last minute at Queensgate last year, Bridlington almost made lightning strike twice, but sub Jarrod Smalley’s rocket of a shot bounced back off the woodwork.

Instead the two teams had to settle for a point apiece after an even game, although the hosts did become more dominant in the closing stages.

Barton got their noses in front in the 11th minute. Alex Sherwood’s right-wing cross was met by Gareth Owen’s diving header, and although James Hitchcock made a remarkable point-blank block, Corey Mortimer fired in the rebound.

Ryan Nicholls blocked a fierce goalbound shot from Sherwood as the hosts struggled to get going in the early stages.

Their first effort on target took 20 minutes, when a long ball forward by James Whittingham should have been cut out by Barton defender Gareth Barlow, but he trod on the ball, allowing Tyler Collishaw to shoot but his effort was straight at keeper Ben White.

Collishaw made sure 10 minutes later though, when another ball over the top of the Barton defence reached him and he hooked home from a narrow angle.

Sherwood had a headed goal disallowed for offside and at the other end White gathered a volley from Tom Fleming as half time approached.

The second half produced very few goal-scoring chances, with Brid substitute Shaun Day going closest when he linked up with Collishaw but shot across White and just past the far post from 12 yards.

A couple of Barton corners caused a panic in the Town goalmouth but both sides lacked a cutting edge, and a string of substitutions failed to change that.

Sub Jamie Reeson and Ombeni Ruhanduka were both off target but Smalley could have snatched the points in added time, only to see his 20-yard blast shake the crossbar.