Town’s league cup final hopes ended by Owls

Bridlington Town 0 Cleethorpes Town 1
Bridlington Town 0 Cleethorpes Town 1

Bridlington Town fell at the final hurdle in their bid to reach the NCEL League Cup final.

Cleethorpes Town scored the only goal of Tuesday’s semi-final at Queensgate, and comfortably held on, despite being reduced to 10 men in the later stages.

Jon Oglesby netted the winner a minute before half time, nipping in to beat keeper James Hitchcock to Luke Mascall’s inswinging cross.

That rubbed salt into Town’s wounds as captain Tom Fleming had left the field injured just 60 seconds earlier.

Bridlington had made the better chances before the goal, with Liam Higton making two decent early saves, before Joel Sutton stung his palms with a low drive.

After the break, Oglesby almost turned provider when he flashed a low cross along the six yard line and Brody Robertson was just unable to stretch enough to divert it home.

Bridlington’s best chance of the game fell to substitute Chris Adams, who could have scored with his first touch on the hour mark.

Sutton went on a weaving run from the halfway line and eventually cut the ball back to Adams, but Higton produced a wonderful point-blank save.

Centre-back Chris Jenkinson, who was shunted up front, saw a goal ruled out for offside, before Cleethorpes right-back Tim Lowe was sent off for a second booking, when he chopped down Sutton.

Owls substitute Danny Trott should have made the tie safe but he blazed over the bar after Ryan Nicholls had blocked his initial effort.

Town’s final chance to take the game to extra time disappeared when Adams cut inside a defender but couldn’t keep his left-foot shot down.