In the final game of this NCEL Premier Division campaign Bridlington ended on the receiving end of a footballing masterclass. After exceptional performances in the previous few games all eyes were on Bridlington to deliver. Unfortunately for Town local rivals Pickering were more than ready.
Pickering town knew they would have to make their mark early to establish themselves in the game. It took only three minutes for them to break into the lead. The Seasiders looked like they had not got into the game before Pickering took the lead. A well finished goal from Billy Logal put the visitors in front.
The Seasiders were unable to hit back at Pickering due to some solid defensive work. Pickering continued applying pressure to a shaken Brid team and gave away few chances.
After some defensive frailties were exposed by Pickering’s probing attacks a poor clearance lead to Ged Dalton doubling the visitors’ lead on 39 minutes.
Pickering Town continued to dominate the game and their pressure paid off just before the half-time whistle was blown. Billy Logan found himself in the box with the ball and only the keeper to beat. Logan, not taking the glory for himself, passed the ball away from Seasiders keeper Jody Barford to Lewis Taylor. Taylor had an empty net to tap into, extending Pickering’s lead to three.
The referee blew for half-time, a well needed respite for the Seasiders, who had no answers for Pickering’s resolute defense.
Reinvigorated and raring to go, Bridlington started the game looking like the familiar, dominating, team they have been as of late.
It took only three minutes before the Seasiders to get their reward for pressing play. Chris Jenkinson rose above the Pickering defender to head Bridlington back into the game.
The fight back from Bridlington was, however, short-lived. The Pikes continued to press for more goals and were unlucky to not extend their lead further. As the game drew on Pickering’s resilience never looked like wavering. The visitors held on to their lead and saw off long periods of Brid pressure to claim the win.
A disappointing end to the season, but with nothing to gain or lose from the result all eyes are on the upcoming East Riding Senior Cup Final against Hull City (7:30pm, 15th May at the Roy West Centre, Hull).
Town also have a League Cup Semi-Final against AFC Mansfield to be played at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium at a date still to be confirmed.
Unsurprisingly Jake Day walked away with the lion’s share of awards at the Presentation Night that followed the game, taking away four of the six main awards. A phenomenal season was rewarded with the Top Scorer, Fans Player of the Season, Talk of the Town player of the season, and Manager’s Player of the Season awards.
Lewis Dennison took away the Supports Young Player of the Season award, deservedly, with a landslide victory.
Chris Jenkinson was named the Player’s Player of the Season, which was greeted to huge applause from his teammates.
Several other thanks and awards were given out to some of the many volunteers that keep the non-league side going. Volunteers recognised included, but are not limited to, Becky, Mary, Mandy, Sonia, Gina, Hendrick, an Wayne. We’d like to thank them, and the players, and staff, and especially chairman Pete Smurthwaite, for their hospitality throughout the season, and we’re excited for our first full season of coverage next season.
Bridlington Town are always welcoming new volunteers to help support the many jobs in and around the club. The team are currently looking for a Programme Editor to take the hot-seat after Aaron Irwin stepped down from his role. Do you have what it takes to become editor of a multi-award winning Programme? Get in touch with Bridlington Town for more information!