Bridlington Town 1 Cleethorpes Town 2

Bridlington Town 1 Cleethorpes Town 2

By David Simpson
31 August
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The Owls delighted their large travelling support by claiming an important 2-1 win at a wet Queensgate on Monday afternoon. Goals came courtesy of a Harry Middleton penalty and recent signing Jack McMenemy.

After the unfortunate late defeat against Shildon, and with less than 48 hours recovery time, Dave Smith made 3 changes. In came Loz McKay, Paul Walker and Harry Middleton for Tim Lowe, Liam Dickens and Jon Oglesby respectively.

The side lined-up as follows in a 3-5-2 formation:

Goal: Tom Jackson
Defence: Jordon Cooke, Paul Walker, Oli Donald
Midfield: Sam Topliss, Harry Middleton, Alex Flett (c), Josh Venney, Loz McKay
Attack: Brody Robertson, Jack McMenemy

Subs: Josh Batty, Liam Dickens, Tim Lowe, Josh Smaller

Conditions were overcast at the start and periods of rain made the surface greasy. However, the pitch looked in superb condition.

Clee had the bulk of possession from the off but chances in a largely uneventful first-half were extremely limited.

Cooke was involved in the action at both ends. Early on, the defender had a header saved by Hitchcock and then, in virtually the Seasiders only threat during the opening 45, the summer acquisition made a well-timed tackle to dispossess an attacker.

Robertson also fired a yard wide after cleverly twisting beyond his marker but probably the best opportunity fell to McKay. The wing-back did not get the correct connection though and Bridlington survived the scare.

HT Bridlington Town 0 Cleethorpes Town 0

If the pre-interval action would not live long in the memory, things improved markedly after the break.

Brid had the ball in the net within 80 seconds of the restart. Celebrations were short-lived though, as the assistant’s flag was correctly raised.

Then, on 51 minutes, the Owls pounced to break the deadlock. Topliss went to ground under a clumsy challenge. Without hesitation, the referee pointed to the spot and the reliable Harry Middleton hammered home.

Buoyed by grabbing the lead, Clee enjoyed their best spell. McMenemy was left cursing his luck when hitting the inside of the upright. In fact, it actually seemed to strike the post twice, before rebounding into the grateful grasp of Hitchcock.

Nevertheless, the visitors continued to press on and were further rewarded in the 69th minute. It was that man Jack McMenemy again. The new boy has experienced a fine start to his career at the Myenergi Stadium and he poked in a knock-down from close range, registering his second in as many outings.

Clee were now in cruise control, and roared on by their boisterous following, Topliss went within inches of a third when thudding a shot against the crossbar.

However, in the 88th minute, Bridlington set-up a nervy finish by halving their deficit. It was given by the Press Association as an own goal by Tom Jackson. The stopper, who had been his usual competent self, can count himself unlucky, getting the final touch to an in-swinging corner.

The Seasiders threw everything in to try to claim an unlikely equaliser. Clee saw it out easily enough and, in truth, anything less than a deserved 3 points would have been rough justice!

FT Bridlington Town 1 (Jackson og 88) Cleethorpes Town 2 (Middleton pen 51, McMenemy 69) Attendance: 247

A win more comfortable than the score-line suggests!

Never easy on the road in the NPL, but it was a good showing overall by the lads. A special word has to go to Jack McMenemy, who has settled in so quickly – well played.

Great support as well!

We next play on Saturday (3pm) at Hednesford Town in the FA Cup. Coach seats are still available for a bargain £10.


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