Bridlington Town Reserves went a step further towards their goal of winning the league with this win over second-placed Beverley Town Reserves. After winning the toss Town opted to take advantage of the strong wind and it paid dividends after some early pressure when goalkeeper and defence tried to play the ball out and the alert Josh Barnes nipped in to prod the ball home. Town attempted to add to the score before half time but Beverley made sure they didn’t dally in getting the ball clear again and kept their opponents at bay to go into the break trailing by the solitary goal.
After the break the hosts didn’t come out of the blocks as expected and it was Brid, playing into the wind, that did most of the running and they increased the lead through a Chris Eyre penalty after the striker had been cynically fouled in the area. The Seasiders’ made a change by bringing on Frankie Reffold for Louis Rafter and it was the substitute who increased the lead after being put clear on the right and cutting inside to fire past goalkeeper and defender. Tom Benninger and Tom Coates replaced Marc Wain and Eyres respectively and Coates went close when his goal bound effort was hacked clear.
This was an excellent all-round display that put Town six points clear at the top and with two home games coming up they have every chance of maintaining that position going into the Festive break.
Town Man of the Match: Ian Saunders-Tindall