Woodwork denies Sports Club three times

Hedon Rangers 1 Bridlington Sports Club 1
Hedon Rangers 1 Bridlington Sports Club 1

Despite an encouraging performance in many aspects, Bridlington Sports Club an afternoon of frustration as they returned from their Humber Premier League game at Hedon Rangers with a point.

The visitors began with a real energy and enthusiasm in the early stages as they sought to unsettle their opponents. Following poor quality passing the previous week, Sports Club’s ball retention was much improved as they confidently controlled the tempo. Ultimately, this resulted in the opening goal as Ash Robinson produced a fine early finish to wrong foot the opposition goalkeeper.

It was the least Sports deserved as they continued a high pressing game plan to disrupt the home side’s rhythm.

The lead may have been doubled as the menacing Billy Tyler produced a wonderful run before checking it back for the oncoming Jack Almond, who appeared to have done everything right only to see his side foot effort rattle back off the crossbar.

However, in spite of all Sports’ pressure, Hedon found themselves with an excellent opportunity to head into the interval level following a questionable penalty decision. But teenager Reece Nestor produced an outstanding save down to his right.

During the interval, manager Paul Smith warned against a Hedon backlash, however, Sports again began the brighter. Yet a momentary lapse in concentration allowed Hedon’s Adrian Parkinson too much time to pull the trigger. This error was duly punished as the ball was fired in from 25 yards past a helpless Nestor.

Despite the setback, another twist followed as the home side were reduced to 10 men following dissent. Sensing an opportunity, Sports continued to press forward and create opportunities.

They went on to hit the woodwork on a further three occasions as they searched in vain for an elusive winner. This would have surely killed off the hosts’ brave resistance, however, Sports were left to rue more wasteful finishing.

Next week they turn their attentions to East Riding Senior Cup duty as an away trip to Riccall United beckons.