To say this result was on the cards would be a terrible lie. Both teams went into this game thinking it would be a tight game with a scoreline to match. Bridlington played quite possibly the best game of their season.
The game started brightly, although coldly, with both teams playing a good passing game. On the 8th minute Daniel Norton was put through on goal by a great pass, wrong-footing Jody Barford, he sent Hall Road Rangers into an early lead.
Pressure was back in Bridlington to get back into the game.
Fifteen minutes into the game Bridlington came close to scoring, with a great corner being headed onto the crossbar. But on the 17th minute the Seasiders finally got their first goal. The ball was hit into the area, and ex-Bridlington keeper James Hitchcock couldn’t hold onto it. Andy Norfolk was in the right place to slot home from close range.
Momentum swung Bridlington’s way from then on. With a massive confidence boost it only seemed like a matter of time before the next goal would come.
The second goal finally came on the 38th minute from a fine bit of play from the midfield. Jake Day ran into the box and fired a shot into the far corner and out of the reach of the Rangers keeper.
Not even a minute after the kick-off Bridlington were in possession again. A fine through ball cut the defence and fell perfectly to Jake Day. Jake turned the stranded keeper and put Bridlington 2-1 up on the 40th minute.
Barely stopping to take a breath, on the 41st minute, Man of the Match Jake Day smashes a shot past Hitchcock.
We hope you’re keeping up, as within the space of 3 minutes, Jake Day scores a hattrick and puts Bridlington Town 4-1 up.
The whistle couldn’t come quick enough for Rangers. With the second half came a great deal of expectancy from the fans. They wanted more.
It didn’t take long at all for them to get more either! With the Seasiders winning a corner mere seconds after kick-off it was destined to go in. After ricocheting off multiple players, Rikki Paylor’s shot ended up in the back of the net.
While being officially given to Paylor, the goal came off a couple of Rangers players close by the line, but we’re sure Rikki will be happy to claim it!
The game quietened down after Payler’s goal made it 5-1, and both teams needed to make some changes. Andy Norfolk, whose goal started the glut, came off after putting in a great shift for the team. Manager Curtis Woodhouse was quick to assure fans near the dugouts that he didn’t come off for his form.
Rangers manager Bill Gill, whose passion for the game is obvious to anyone stood near him during this game, tried to spur on his team. Many Rangers heads had dropped and Bill was doing his best to try and get them to believe they could get back into the game.
An amazing save managed to spare several red faces of Rangers’ players. Brimming with confidence, a Bridlington player made a terrific shot from almost the half way line. Hitchcock showed fine skill in getting back from near the edge of his box to tip the shot over at the last second.
Bridlington finished the game on a high. With a fine cross from Danny Buttle coming in, who else but Jake Day would be at the receiving end? His volleyed shot was unstoppable. Sending Bridlington fans into rapturous applause it rounded off the perfect game for Town.
In case you’ve lost count the result was Bridlington Town 6 – 1 Hall Road Rangers. We had predicted a tight game with only three goals, however we hadn’t accounted for a Jake Day masterclass.
The result sends Brid Town one place up the league, and Rangers one place down. Unsurprisingly Day received the Man Of The Match award from the day’s match sponsors Bridlington Cricket Club.
171 People braved the cold conditions and were rewarded fantastically!
Bridlington’s next fixture is away at Worksop Town in the League Cup. The match is on Wednesday the 17th at 7:45pm.
After the Worksop game, Bridlington are away to AFC Mansfield in the league on the 20th at 3pm.
Bridlington’s next home game is on the 27th of January at 3pm against Barton Town, ironically against Hall Road Ranger’s previous manager’s team, just over the Humber Bridge.
Scores And The League
An amazing 49 goals were scored in the NCEFL yesterday. The results were:
Albion Sports 3-2 Staveley Miners Welfare
Barton Town 2-1 Hemsworth Miners Welfare
Bottesford Town 1-4 AFC Mansfield
Bridlington Town 6-1 Hall Road Rangers
Clipstone 0-4 Garforth Town
Handsworth Parramore 3-0 Parkgate
Harrogate Railway Athletic 4-3 Thackley
Liversedge 1-3 Rainworth Miners Welfare
Maltby Main 1-1 Worksop Town
Penistone Church 4-0 Athersley Recreation
Pickering Town 3-2 Pontefract Collieries
Which means the current league table is:
We are uploading a gallery to Facebook from today’s game. Unfortunately due to battery issues (claiming they were charged, they lied), we only have pictures from the first half! Visit our Facebook Page to see them all!