After consulting match referee Simon Porter after some heavy rain the match was given the green light. The pitch certainly held the water well, but there was evidence that it could do with a bit of nice weather to dry it up a bit, especially down the wings.
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With the pre-match warmups complete and captains shaking hands the whistle was blown to start an exciting match.
Within the first 5 minutes of the first half it was clear that Hemsworth are great team. Their team applied constant pressure from the get-go. Bridlington were no easy target, though, putting in a lot of attacking pressure of their own.
It took until the 13th minute for any real chances. Jake Day looked to be sent through by an excellent pass, only for the linesman to raise his flag. It was certainly a close decision to make, and the Bridlington team made their thoughts heard about it.
Six minutes later Bridlington came close to scoring, with a header going just wide of the target.
Then, on the 25th minute, disaster struck. As the Hemsworth player ran toward Phil Dobson in the Brid goal his shot was straight at the keeper. Unfortunately Dobson couldn’t hold onto the ball and it landed at the feet of another Hemsworth player. Adam Hayton’s shot was unleashed and hammered the back of the net, making it 1-0 to Hemsworth.
The goal clearly shook the Bridlington team, as they didn’t seem to know how to handle going 1-0 down after having the majority of the possession.
It didn’t take long for Hemsworth to assert their claim on the three points. On the 38th minute Hayton made a great dribbling run through the unexpecting Town defence and sent his shot past Dobson and into the bottom corner.
Going 2-0 down seemed to have sparked something into the Brid team, who started to show some confidence on the ball. After having a shot initially blocked by the Hemsworth defence, Danny Buttle fired what must be a contender for Goal Of The Season from 20 yards out. The ball landed perfectly for him to fire his unstoppable shot right into the top corner of the Hemsworth goal.
As the match ended for the first half, both teams went in with plenty to discuss, and plenty of feedback from the managers.
The teams re-entered the pitch and the second half was kicked off.
It was Bridlington that started the first half on a high note, with some excellent football that left the Hemsworth players confused. Did Curtis Woodhouse switch the players in secret? The opening 10 minutes of the second half were quite possibly the best we’ve seen them play.
After a long period of controlling the play it was Hemsworth that scored completely against the run of play. On the 63rd minute Nash Connolly hammered home for Hemsworth.
Regaining their composure, Hemsworth began to show signs again why they’re one of the top teams in the league this season. After a dash into the Bridlington box, and receiving a trip from a player, Hemsworth were rewarded with a penalty.
Up stepped Adam Hayton, already on two, who then fired home into the corner for his hattrick. When playing against someone who is on form like Hayton was it was always going to be a challenge for Bridlington to get much from the game.
Never one to be downhearted at going 4-1 down, Lewis Dennison stepped up to the plate and gave Bridlington a glimmer of hope. With only 12 minutes to go would it be too late for Bridlington to get anything from this game?
With mere minutes left on the clock Bridlington were offered the chance to bring a point back into reach after being given a free kick just outside the box. The free kick was curled into the box and after a great header looked to be looping into the top corner. Unfortunately for Bridlington it landed safely on top of the net and rolled down for a goal kick.
Hemsworth withstood considerable late pressure from Bridlington’s never-say-never attitude, but it was in vain as the whistle blew to end the match.
With both teams being applauded off the pitch the match ended with Hemsworth taking all three points home with them. Both sides played well, but the killer-instinct of Hemsworth attacking was the difference.
There’s certainly a void left from Brett Agnew’s move to North Ferriby United. Woodhouse will be looking to his players to fill the gap he left behind. But we cannot begrudge him of his deserved move up the leagues. It’s a show of how far this team has come that they held onto him as long as they did.
The 148 fans gave this match an excellent atmosphere. A special mention goes to the visiting fans who sang their hearts out for nearly 90 minutes solid!
Our next match coverage will be on Tuesday the 12th, when Bridlington host Worksop Town.