Garforth 1 Bridlington Town 3
Late goals see Town lose out.
Mark Simpson notched up a 30th goal for the season, but two late goals from the visitors condemned The Miners to an end of season defeat.
Bridlington enjoyed the best of the early chances with top scorer Brett Agnew getting clear and lobbing Paul Hagreen 4 mins in, but Ryan Donoghue managed to get on the end of it and clear. Agnew then headed over the bar six mins later when Chris Jenkinson flicked on Chris Adams' corner kick. On 13 mins though it was Agnew the creator when he made his way in along the byeline and found Adams who forced the ball into the net off Luke Mccrum to open the scoring. From then on the Seasiders - presumably with their two upcoming cup finals in mind - seemed happy to sit on their lead, giving Town little space when they went forward. Our first chance came on 16 mins when Adam Turner laid the ball off to Lee Turner who shot wide, but the closest we came in the first half came five minutes later when Mitch Hamilton's well struck free-kick was tipped over the bar by Brid goalkeeper Nick Baxter. Another Garforth free-kick on 31 mins saw Luke Kitson's effort sail just wide of the far post, but Town almost conceded a second when Adams broke forward in space through the middle but could only shoot low past the far post.
Adam Turner was unlucky not to level the scores two minutes after the break when he rose highest to head Kitson's corner kick onto the crossbar. Three minutes later Mark Simpson needed treatment after being needlessly shoved into the fence by Tom Fleming, but happily was able to continue. Substitute James Turner entered the field on 58 mins and impressed once again, playing in Simpson on 70 mins who flashed a shot wide from a narrow angle. The two combined again only two mins later to produce our equaliser. From Kitson's long punt forward, Turner got clear and placed the ball low across Baxter for Simpson to poke over the line. Lee Turner almost turned things round on 83 mins when put through by sub Vincent Dhesi, but after drawing the keeper could only find the side netting. There was almost a first ever goal for fullback Sam Leach moments later after a well-worked move, but Baxter was equal to his header.
Despite our chances, Brid weren't finished and with Rob Hunter's men committed forward, were able to pick us off in the last five minutes to take the points back to the East Coast. Amid calls for offside Andy Norfolk broke clear through a sleeping defence and found sub Jake Day who slid in and narrowly avoided a nasty collision with the far post to turn the ball home. Goalkeeper Hagreen went on walkabout to try and get Town back into the game, but there were memories of Daisy Hill away in September when, after coming up for a corner, was spotted well out of his goal by Norfolk who fired past him from about 35 yards into an empty net to make it a slightly flattering 3-1.
Defeat meant settling for a disappointing 15th place finish; one place and ten points above last season's record but short of our best finish since relegation of 14th in seasons 2013-14 and 2014-15 (the former the better of the two with 64 points from 44 games). It's fair to say Town do at least have the makings of a good team however and with a few additions and a bit of stability over the summer we can hope for better next time. Have a good close season and see you in July.