Town double their Welfare benefits

Bridlington Town 3 Glasshoughton Welfare 2
Bridlington Town 3 Glasshoughton Welfare 2

BRIDLINGTON Town took another step forward, on an afternoon when it appeared they make take another step back, by beating Glasshoughton in a see-saw encounter.

Having won 2-0 against the same opposition seven days earlier, the Seasiders seemed odds on favourites to complete the double.

The opening stages were littered with petty free-kicks conceded by Glasshoughton, a theme which continued throughout the afternoon.

The first chance arrived when visiting captain Alex Low miskicked, Craig Hogg ran through, and squared to Joel Sutton, whose side-foot shot was blocked by keeper Paul Hagreen, and James Bennett screwed the rebound wide, with the goal gaping.

A cross by Joel Ramm could have turned into a freak goal but bounced off the far post, and the full back was close again moments later when he raced forward and saw his shot beat Hagreen, but Low made a brilliant clearance off the line.

Welfare had hardly troubled Philip Dobson, until the 24th minute when a thunderous shot from James Beaston whistled past him.

Town had been careless in possession in the lead-up to that goal, and after a bright start, they fizzled out. In fact, the visitors had the best chance before the break, as Dobson made a flying save to deny Ian Ward’s 20-yard effort.

Two goals in six minutes after the break turned the game around.

On 56 minutes, a great pass by Tom Fleming sent Hogg through and he confidently beat Hagreen with a shot with the outside of his right foot.

Then, Craig Palmer showed nimble footwork to beat two defenders on the edge of the area before being tripped by Freddie Swales.

Sutton took the spot kick, and although Hagreen dived to his right and got a good hand to the penalty, it was powerfully struck and hit the net.

Thoughts of Town being able to relax were premature.

The visitors won a free kick on the right flank and the set piece was whipped into Bridlington’s six-yard box. Wayne Aziz headed the ball high into the air and Glasshoughton reacted quickest, with sub Darryl Young eventually nodding in from close range.

Another long-range shot by Beaston was vicious, but straight at Dobson, who took the safe option and pushed it over the bar.

But Town finally killed the game off on 85 minutes. Palmer nodded down a left-wing cross from Sutton and Hogg somehow hooked a shot over his shoulder and beyond Hagreen.

Town’s Chris Jenkinson was sent off shortly afterwards, for a second yellow card. Sutton’s poor back pass could have let in Ward but Jenkinson pulled him back, and possibly merited a straight red.

Even after that Town could have added a fourth, but sub Jarrod Smalley was foiled by the keeper, after a quick counter attack.