Town recover from early setback to seal easy win

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Staveley Miners’ Welfare 1

Bridlington Town 5

NCEL Premier Division

FOR THE fourth time in as many games against Town Ryan Damms scored from the penalty spot but a competent performance by the Seasiders’ accounted for the beleaguered but enthusiastic Staveley outfit and late in the game registered their 100th league goal of the season.

Town had Mark Wilberforce back in goal but Tom Lee was ruled out through illness and with Ben Silburn away on county football duty only three substitutes were named.

Staveley were forced into a late change when goalkeeper Tom Turner pulled up in the warm-up and recent signing from Arnold Martin Dewberry resumed in a side that included four new signings and showed five changes from the team that lost to Shirebrook Town in the League Cup.

After Tom Fleming had shot wide from Nathan Cook’s lay back Bridlington should have taken an early initiative when Josh Greening, through on goal with only Dewberry to beat, somehow contrived to miss the target.

Anthony Lee got behind the visiting defence to head a good chance wide but the home side took the lead after just 12 minutes via a penalty kick.

Wilberforce charged out of goal to the edge of the penalty area as Lee entered the box and honed in on goal. Lee sent his effort goal wards but was clattered by the goalkeeper.

Chris Jenkinson prevented the ball from crossing the line but a penalty was awarded and Wilberforce was booked.

Ryan Damms nonchalantly despatched the spot-kick to open the scoring while Lee departed with a suspected broken collarbone.

A ball in from Belt on the left was well taken by Dewberry but he was soon beaten with the lead lasting only eight minutes. Scott Phillips, was a constant menace to Staveley, and he beat the offside trap to play the ball to Billy Logan who fed it into the goal area for Nathan Cook to equalise.

Four minutes later Phillips showed great skill from a throw-in to turn Danny Claridge near the by-line before delivering the ball to the far side of goal from where Josh Greening volleyed in.

Cook suffered an ankle injury but continued after treatment as Town started to take control of proceedings although Damms had a shout for another penalty turned down. Cook failed to make an opportunity count by shooting wide instead of squaring the ball.

Dewberry was thankful that an effort from Phillips came back off the post and into his hands then he did well to hold Logan’s header from a Belt cross.

A lack of communication between Fleming and Wayne Aziz enabled Brad Jones to get in a low shot that went straight at Wilberforce.

Before the interval the injured Watters was replaced and Cook went into the referee’s notebook for needlessly kicking the ball away following an infringement.

Immediately on the restart Phillips got just reward after his first half endeavours had failed to produce a goal. Kyle Forres-Chambers played the ball back to Dewberry and as the striker closed him down the goalkeeper’s kicked clearance struck Scott Phillips and gradually rolled towards goal and over the line.

Fleming was cautioned for complaining that Brad Jones’ elbow was high in a challenge and a minute later Pat Lindley followed Fleming into the book for a robust challenge on Greening.

From an isolated home attack Scott Ellis headed a Jones cross towards goal where it found the safe hands of Wilberforce.

Cook’s injury forced him to give way to Craig Hogg who was soon involved in a move with Fleming and Phillips but instead of having a go Hogg tried to set up Logan. Moments later Hogg had the ball in the net but was ruled offside, one of eleven such decisions against the visitors during the entire ninety minutes.

Ash Allanson started and finished a move that saw his effort saved by Dewberry then Wilberforce fumbled a corner but regained possession by dropping on the ball in a crowded goalmouth.

With 12 minutes remaining Ash Allanson sent Phillips clear and he went round Dewberry before walking the ball in.

Following a Wilberforce save Ben Kistell missed an easy chance from the loose ball then at the other end Dewberry made another excellent save when a timely run by Logan saw him put in a point-blank header from Fleming’s centre.

A Batchelor and Greening combination got the ball to Hogg but in trying to set himself up he lost the ball with Aaron Allanson waiting in a good position.

With the game almost over Craig Hogg made amends for his earlier mistake by getting on the end of Greening’s head on and proceeded to go round an exposed Dewberry to complete the scoring.