Bridlington Town’s FA Cup run came to an end thanks to a devastating last minute goal. The game looked to be heading to a replay after both teams struggled to make ample amounts of chances count.
Town got off to a fine start, with Shaquille McKenzie firing narrowly over after managing to turn his marker on the edge of the box. After Shaq’s chance the game went a little quiet. Neither team looked like breaking the deadlock until Garforth won a penalty in the 18th minute.
Curtly Martin-Wyatt placed the ball on the spot and fired low into the bottom right corner. Tom Jackson could count himself unlucky to not get more contact with the ball, as it glanced the tip of his fingers on the way into the net.
Town’s best chances came from recent signing Joe McFadyen, who has impressed since he joined the Seasiders. He was unlucky not to find himself on the score sheet just after the half-hour mark, after producing a powerful shot from the edge of the area, which was punched high into the air by the great reactions of the Garforth keeper.
Danny Buttle came close to scoring an unintentional goal from the Garforth right channel. His cross floated high over everyone and nearly found its way over the line, if it weren’t for a great catch by an on-form Garforth shot-stopper.
The Half-Time whistle blew, with both sides looking like they could still win the game.
Town looked a changed side in more ways than one in the second half. Mike Thompson and Danny Buttle made way for Chris Jenkinson and Tim Taylor. The team looked revitalised and raring to get back into the game. It didn’t take long for Town to do just that, as they were awarded the second penalty of the game just into the 50th minute.
Shaquille McKenzie placed the ball on the spot and fired hard into the left hand side of the goal, with the keeper going the opposite direction.
The goal marked the beginning of a long period of Town pressure which barely subsided until the final whistle. The Seasiders looked in complete control through the half, and produced many chances to push through to the next round.
It was Andy Norfolk who came closes to putting Town ahead. A floated cross into the box found Norfolk unmarked and with time to aim his shot at goal. Unfortunately the Garforth keeper was well positioned for the attempt, which went straight toward him, which he smothered with ease.
With a replay looking almost certain the game began to die off. However, after a great pass found Albert Ibrahimi on the outside of the box, his run and dummy fooled the Town defender, and his unstoppable shot screamed into the top right corner of the goal, crushing Bridlington’s FA Cup dreams, and sending Garforth through to the next round.
It was an unlucky defeat well into injury time, and Town will take a lot from this game. Some improvements will need to be made, including how the defence clears the ball. Fewer penalties need to be given away if Town want to make a serious challenge for the title this season, two in three games has caused manager Curtis Woodhouse all kinds of headaches.
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