Reserves Go Down To Clinical Bridlington Reserve Side
A bad day at the seaside as the Reserves lost their 100% record against a young, fit and resilient Bridlington Side, as they go down 3-1 at Queensgate.
The result could and probably should have looked better, taking no credit away from the home side who worked incredibly hard to cause an away day upset.
Skipper Jon-Paul Broughton (Toko) returned to the starting XI along with keeper Michael Phillips and the returning Scott Meffen on his debut.
The Reserves, who were looking to start quickly as ever, were denied what can only be described as a certain penalty when Jack Crofton was brought down in the tenth minute of the game only to be waved away by the Referee.
Bridlington then went in front just a minute later as they capitalised on a host of defensive errors. The ball wasn't cleared and the Bridlington striker scored the rebound from his blocked first effort to put the Seasiders 1-0 up in the 11th minute, much to their delight.
Crofton was at the centre of the action again in the 25th minute when he was brought down by the on-rushing keeper in what looked like another clear penalty only to be denied yet again by the Referee. He then had a glorious 1v1 chance which he wastefully put over the bar, and another chance in the dying minutes of the first half. It was destined to go in before it cruelly bounced up and hit him on the knee and away from the Bridlington goal.
With work to do and a bad day at the office so far, Elliot Sampson was brought on at Left back in a change just after half time. The day got a lot harder though when Bridlington doubled their lead just 10 minutes after the break. This time breaking at speed catching the Barton defence out and ruthlessly slotting home from inside the area.
Just 3 minutes later it was 3-0 on the hour mark with Barton pushing to get one back. They were caught out by a long ball and the Brid man found himself in space to pick his spot from a wider angle and convert.
The game was at this point being taken to the Reserves who were in uncharted territory for the first time in weeks. Harry Finnis was introduced and started to cause problems down the right flank, and Ben Herrick replaced Jack Finnis up top.
With 75 minutes gone Barton finally started to put some football together seeing a number of chances created although to no real success with the ball going wide or at the keeper.
A consolation goal was eventually scored in the 85th minute as the returning Scott Meffen scored a 30 yard free kick to salvage a bit of pride on a day where The Ressies was just simply not good enough.
Manager Liam Graham had this to say: “ Today we just simply weren’t at the races, no excuses to turn up and perform like we did today but it has happened. We have to learn from the mistakes we made today and show the character I know we have in the dressing room and pick ourselves up for the cup game away at Humber Prem side Hessle Rangers next week. Thanks to the travelling fans for the support today it is much appreciated by the lads.”