Valuable point on the road for Sports Club
Bridlington Sports Club picked up a valuable point in their Humber Premier League game at third-placed Sculcoates Amateurs.
It was their first game of 2016 and it appeared the visitors were still on their Christmas holidays during the opening 20 minutes as they began sluggishly.
Ultimately, Sports paid the price as some sloppy errors were punished, allowing the hosts to race into an early two-goal lead.
On previous occasions this season, Sports have been accused of having a soft centre and their appetite for a fight was firmly put to the test here.
They provided the required response as they gradually got a grip of the game. This improvement was soon rewarded as new signing Garry Hepples, the former Scarborough Athletic midfielder, was on hand to rifle in his first goal for the club.
They soon had another as poacher Ash Robinson pounced to fire in an instinctive finish on the half volley.
Sports Club headed into the break level at 2-2 with the momentum to build on a gritty first half fightback.
The second period began as an evenly matched encounter as the two sides took turns exchanging jabs. However, super sub Mike Tate was on the spot to flick a deft header into the corner, handing Sports a priceless lead.
Reeling from the goal, Sculcoates made a tactical switch to a 3-5-2 formation as they went in search of a leveller.
This witch soon broke the visitors’ spirited resistance as they found joy down the flanks to grab a third.
Sports were now displaying a dogged resilience to keep the home side at bay and an outstanding reflex stop from Steve Janney kept the scores level.
This was followed by an incredible goal line clearance from the athletic Shane Barber to preserve a point.
However, it was by no means all the hosts way as Sports continued to threaten on the counter attack and they may well have snatched all three points at the death as Tate was denied the chance to provide a grandstand finale.
Overall, an encouraging away performance to kick off a promising 2016 with Barber named man of the match.