Two goals from Nathan Modest and a fourth in three matches for Matthew Broadley give Town an important win against league strugglers Goole.
It wouldn’t take Bridlington long to start the scoring at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium. A pacy run forward from Nathan Modest lead to his cross over to Broadley being pinged back into the area. Modest was on hand to shoot, but his shot was blocked well by Goole keeper James Hitchcock, but his block fell to the feet of Modest, who hammered the ball home from 5 yards.
Goole’s Harry Thompson, shortly after the restart, was unlucky to not be through on goal after a run toward the Bridlington goal. A strong tackle from Benn Lewis put an end to his run, setting up Broadley for a run of his own down the left channel.
Ex-Seasider Terry Barwick found himself in the book after a crunching tackle through the back of Broadley. On other days the player would have been show a straight red for the challenge, but a very lenient afternoon from referee Andrew Smith meant Goole’s struggles weren’t increased.
Tim Taylor couldn’t believe his luck after a fluffed clearance from the Goole defence. The ball fell to him, but his shot was well wide of the target.
The pressure kept mounting for Goole as Town looked for their second of the game. A brilliant back-heel from Modest was met by a strong shot from Chris Adams, but he couldn’t direct it the right side of the post.
Barwick, already on a yellow, was lucky to not receive his marching orders after a number of attempts to wrestle Town players off the ball in the air.
Town would have to wait until just before the end of the first half to double their lead. Modest was ready and waiting and pounced onto a poor clearance from the Goole defence. Charging into the area he turned the ball past the oncoming Hitchcock and gave Town a much deserved second of the game.
It wouldn’t be unfair to say Town could have scored 4 or 5 in the first half, but returning keeper James Hitchcock showed them what they’d been missing for the last year with a standout performance.
Town started the second half the same as the first; fast paced and looking for more goals. Seasiders captain Andy Norfolk came shockingly close with a half-shot-half-cross from 20 yards out. His attempt was inches over the top corner of the Goole goal.
One player that has made a huge impact on Town’s promotion attempt has been Matthew Broadley. A hattrick in his debut and a fourth goal in his third game for the Seasiders has been phenomenal. His goal today was pure striker’s instinct. A cross from Modest fizzed past Chris Adams, but Broadley was on hand to fire home past a number of Goole defenders in the box, putting the game out of reach of the visitors.
Goole’s first big threat on the Town goal came not long after. Daniel Barrett made a great attempt, but Jackson was quick off the mark to close down the shot.
Another strange decision by the referee came mid way through the second half. After jumping over a Town defender’s tackle, the Goole player fell to the floor looking for the penalty. For reasons unknown the referee gave neither a penalty, ‘nor a yellow card for a dive. Unfortunately these odd decisions plagued an exciting game of football.
Jackson again showed why he’s one of the best keepers in the league (if not the best) later in the half. A quick run down the wing from the Goole player lead to a fine curling shot that looked to be looping over Jackson and into the goal. Somehow he managed to get his hand to it and send it out for a corner. Town’s Player Of The Month for December clearly wanted to stake his claim on the January prize too.
Goole looked like they had got onto the score sheet late into the second half. A scramble between a number of players from each team lead to Barrett tapping in from 2 yards out. Thankfully for Town the linesman was well placed and made the offside decision. It was refreshing to see both linesmen make good decisions throughout the game in a league where many teams complain about poor officiating.
As the game came to a close Town looked good value for their victory and will go onto the next game against Harrogate Railway Athletic full of confidence.
Match Thoughts & Look Ahead & Around The League
Another impressive team performance from Bridlington. Today’s Man Of The Match was Jack Bulless who has fought for his place back in the starting lineup. It would have been a tough choice given the team performance on show, but definitely a well deserved award.
Goole’s Man of the Match has to go to James Hitchcock. His return to Bridlington brought out a great performance from him. Without his great saves the game could have easily ended up close to double figures.
Town will be up against Harrogate Railway next Saturday, then the following Saturday make the short trip to Hall Road Rangers.
Some crucial results were in Town’s favour this weekend. League leaders Yorkshire Amateur lost 2-0 to Garforth, and Knaresborough lost 3-1 to Penistone, opening up the title race for Town and Hemsworth, who themselves won 8-0 today
Make sure to watch Town TV’s interviews with Brett Agnew and Town captain Andy Norfolk!