Town’s smash and grab raid

Ash Allanson got the winner at Brighouse
Ash Allanson got the winner at Brighouse

Brighouse Town 2

Bridlington Town 3

Northern Counties East League

BRIGHOUSE Town should consider renaming their Dual Seal Stadium the Dual Steal Stadium as, for the second year running, Bridlington Town did a smash and grab to take all three points.

In the seventh minute Nick Jagger headed away a Brid corner and the hosts swept up field with five on two where Anthony Haigh produced a fine finish to put his side in front.

The Seasiders could make little headway against the wind and a side that kept just Tom Matthews up field and got 10 players behind the ball.

Wayne Aziz was booked for a late tackle on Luke Gibson after 25 minutes but two minutes later the scores were level when Josh Greening got on to a through ball and put the ball past Ben Imeson.

Brighouse hit back and Mark Wilberforce saved from Gibson then produced a double save from Matthews and Danny Hill following another raid that saw more attackers than defenders.

Billy Logan got in a good tackle but a lucky deflection put Dan Naidole in only for him to waste the chance then, after Nathan Cook had dallied on the edge of his own area to lose the ball, Wilberforce produced another fine save to thwart Gibson with Matthews firing the rebound over when he had all the goal to aim at.

On the restart Hawkes had a shot saved by Imeson, Cook fired a 25 yard free kick into the wall and Hogg put a shot beyond the far post after combining with Hawkes on the right.

Wilberforce blocked a shot from Matthews and held the follow up Haigh but in the 70th minute Gibson was allowed to turn in the area and again the goalkeeper saved and as Tom Matthews attempted to get to the loose ball a Town defender got a foot in only to divert it into his own goal.

This geed up the home side after they had appeared to be settling for a draw but Bridlington hit back to gain two corners and when Greening whipped the second one into the six-yard box Wayne Aziz climbed highest to head home.

Substitute Stuart Rice got away with a similar challenge to the one that saw him sent off against Scarborough and then with eight minutes remaining Hogg did well to keep possession in the Brighouse penalty area before laying the ball back for Ash Allanson to score from 15 yards.

Town held out to move up into second place on goal difference.

Bridlington Town: Wilberforce, Aziz, Logan, Allanson, Belt, N. Cook, Hawkes (Rice 64), Fleming (c), Hogg (Danby 90), Palmer, Greening (Eeles 85). Substitute not used: Brunton

Man of the match: Mark Wilberforce

MANAGER Mitch Cook said: “It was a great result and a performance full of character.

“After the Scarborough Athletic game we spoke about how four points from the next two games would be OK. Everyone expected us to win at home and be happy with a draw away but football doesn’t work like that.

“This wasn’t a great performance, the conditions didn’t allow that. We were well on top in the second half, although Mark Wilberforce was outstanding.

“After Wayne Aziz’s towering header, we worked a great goal, just as I had been contemplating taking Ash Allanson off.”