Town hit 11 past former champions

Bridlington Town 11 Retford United 0
Bridlington Town 11 Retford United 0

There were plenty of St Patrick’s Day celebrations for Bridlington Town as they went goal crazy against Retford United at Queensgate on Tuesday night.

The Seasiders rattled in 11 goal past their beleaguered opponents, who travelled to East Yorkshire with only 10 players.

They created 45 attempts on goal, and forced 12 corners during the night, in a match that was over as a contest as soon as it had started.

Town got the ball rolling after only five minutes through Eddy Birch and striker Craig Hogg added two more before the quarter-of-an-hour mark.

Chris Adams got the first of his two goals in the 28th minute, and then headed in another from close range eight minutes later.

Hogg completed his hat-trick from a couple of yards after Tom Fleming’s low pass as Town cut through the Retford defence at will.

And he claimed his fourth of the night with a header to make it 7-0 in the 44th minute, although the final touch came off the unfortunate Ben Marro.

There was even time for Town to find the net again before half-time, but Danny Brunton was offside as he followed up when Conner Harman’s shot was saved.

Hogg carried on where he left off after the break, drilling a low shot into the corner for number eight.

Retford’s Brett Lucas had a header cleared by Brunton, but the one-way traffic continued soon afterwards.

Harman’s shot squirmed through keeper Matthew Leese’s hands and over the line.

After a 15-minute wait, Town reached double figures. Adams had hit the outside of the post and Ash Allanson had a shot well saved, before Harman scored his second from 12 yards at the second attempt.

Sub Lewis Poucher hit number 11 in the 77th minute as he took advantage of a poor clearance, and Town’s efforts late on were thwarted as Reese made a fine save from Benn Lewis’ left foot shot and Shaun Day’s header clipped the top of the crossbar.