Bridlington Town welcomed in the new season with a fantastic win against a strong Grimsby Borough side.
The game began with several end-to-end opportunities, but neither side could find a way to make their early chances count, with neither defence looking penetrable. It was the Seasiders who eventually opened up the scoring on the 19th minute.
A long ball from just outside the home team’s box fell perfectly to Danny Earl, who made a run down the right wing, cutting inside and slotting the ball past a frustrated Borough keeper, giving the Seasiders the first of many goals.
After a moment of solo brilliance from Earl neither team managed to find many opportunities through the remainder of the first half, and the half-time whistle brought a welcome respite from the warm Saturday afternoon sunshine.
It didn’t take long for Town to begin a second half of six goals, this time Lewis Taylor found himself unmarked inside the twelve yard box after a neat low cross from the wing. His somewhat tame effort managed to squeeze under the leg of the Borough defender, and Taylor clearly couldn’t believe his luck.
Borough didn’t want to go down without a fight, and only two minutes later managed to find a way back into the game through Thomas Hipwell. A neat ball found Hipwell narrowly onside and he managed to make the most of the opportunity, sliding the ball past Town keeper James Hitchcock.
Town were made to endure a long period of pressure from Borough, whose goal sparked a resurgence and belief, but thankfully, for the Seasiders, Grimsby’s equaliser never came.
Billy Logan found his way into the referee’s book on the fifty-eight minute after Borough keeper Higton’s clearance faced a tough head wind, was blocked by Logan, who then pounced on the opportunity in a fifty-fifty challenge which the visiting keeper managed to get to first. After a few handbags Higton joined Logan in the book.
Not five minutes later Logan found himself an opening after turning Lovett, unleashing a powerful shot that Higton could only parry, but his block wasn’t strong enough and somehow the ball ended up bouncing behind the keeper and into the back of the net, much to Logan’s delight as he made sure to run past the visitor’s keeper in celebration.
Chris Jenkinson managed to extend Town’s margin to three just two minutes later. A free kick from the edge of the box bounced its way to the back post, where Jenkinson managed to get his head to and into the back of the net.
With a three goal margin the Seasiders began to enjoy their game more, looking much more open than before, and keeping Borough’s attempts at bay.
Borough again managed to chip away at Town’s margin on the 80th minute after Bradbury squeezed his way into the box. His air shot was blocked but somehow was given as a penalty to the visitors, much to the disgust of the home fans. Jack Debnam made no mistake from the spot, cooly sending Hitchcock the wrong way and giving the visitors a lifeline.
Andy Norfolk, coming off the bench this time for Town, gave manager Brett Agnew some serious selection headaches for the mid-week away game against Knaresborough Town in the final minute of the ninety. After dispossessing Borough’s Bradbury just before the half way line he paced forward and unleashed an unstoppable shot right into the top corner from around thirty yards, in what has to be an early contender for Goal of the Season.
Town left the game as worthy victors, but the result doesn’t do the visitors justice, who persevered even with a two goal margin for long periods of the game, and on another day the result could have been very different. A first league home victory of the season was celebrated well in the newly built Town Bar, along with some commiseratory drinks for the visitors.