Bridlington Town welcomed local rivals Hall Road Rangers to the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium on a sunny late-summer’s afternoon.
Town showed good control over the game in the initial fifteen minutes, but neither team gave the opposition keeper much to think about until much later in the half.
The first true shot of the game fell to Fraser Hansen, who found himself with a little space just outside the Town area. He made good connection with the ball, but his shot was well over Tom Jackson’s goal.
Nathan Modest made his name known to the Rangers players, with giving the visitor’s keeper his first test of the game. Modest found himself one on one with keeper Sean Gibson, but Gibson managed to close down the gap well and Modest’s shot went harmlessly wide of the post.
Rangers retaliated well minutes later, with Fraser Hansen again finding space to run into the area, one on one with the keeper, but some great pressure by Benn Lewis was too much for Hansen and his shot, too, went the wrong side of the post.
Fraser Papprill showed great strength in the Town back line, offering coverage for Lewis Dennison to make some good runs up the channels. Dennison, not in his favoured attacking position, still found ways to get forward, but still offering protection for his keeper. He picked up a bump half an hour into the game which looked like it would end his game, but luckily it wasn’t too serious and he managed to continue.
The turning point of the game came when Joe McFadyen, who was having quite a poor game up until this point, stepped his game up several notches. Captain Andy Norfolk managed to keep the ball in at the visitor’s touchline, producing a great cross which found McFadyen in plenty of space. Joe controlled the ball nicely, and hit his shot out of the Ranger’s keepers reach and into the back of the net, putting Town 1-0 up against their local rivals.
After a brief stoppage time the referee blew to end the first half. Town would enter the dressing room the happier of the two teams, but Caretaker Manager Brett Agnew will still have some issues to iron out.
Town made the first change of the game at half time, switching Luke Bullement for Chris Adams. The change didn’t take long to make a difference, as his powerful run into the box and heavy cross was met by the face of Andy Norfolk. Norfolk won’t be too concerned, though, as his makeshift header ended in the back of the net, sending Town 2-0 up.
Modest’s game was cut short after a number of fouls against him took their toll. Agnew will be hoping his injury isn’t too bad, as he was very dangerous going forward, and played part in many of Town’s attacks.
Hall Road found themselves in a perfect position to get back into the game, with James Faulkner adjudged to have fouled the incoming Ranger’s attacker. Up stepped Fraser Hansen, who sent Tom Jackson the wrong direction, making it 2-1 to Town.
Chris Adams found himself again with space and time to run into the box, this time teeing up his captain, Norfolk, to his feet. Norfolk managed to turn the ball around the incoming Rangers keeper and into the back of the net.
Hall Road continued to press and tried to get back into the game at every opportunity. Unfortunately for Rangers they lacked the clinical finishing which would have quite possibly won them the game, given the opportunities they had.
In the dying minutes of the match Town still hadn’t given up searching for a way to finish the game completely off. They were rewarded for their perseverance after Lewis Dennison’s throw in toward the Rangers goal. It was met by Chris Adams who whipped a low cross across the face of the goal and beyond the visiting keeper’s fingertips. The ball fell to Joe McFadyen who tapped in his second of the game, and sealing his Man of the Match performance.
Of the 195 fans at the game it was definitely the home fans going home the happiest. Rangers made a good showing but lacked the finishing that would see them climb the league, and it’s definitely an area manager Bill Gill will be looking at for their upcoming games.
Bridlington Town travel to Penistone and won’t be playing at home until the 20th, against another local rival in Barton Town.
Hall Road Rangers welcome Athersley Rec on Saturday the 6th, and will be hoping to get some valuable points on the board.