John A Glover and Mark Sheridan may have “liked to be beside the seaside” but having made seven trips to Bridlingtons Queensgate ground coming back with just just one point its fair to say that apart from the pre-game fish and chips the Trojans DON’T, but their growing band of faithful fans travel more in expectation than hope these days so would they to be singing “tiddly om pom pom” on the way home like those two music hall legends from the turn of the 20th century?
The scorer of the goal that gained that solitary point was Jahmal Riley but he was unavailable following his man of the match performance against Albion Sports the previous week so his place up front went to Tomas Poole, and also including in the starting line for the first time since signing from Shirebrook Town in the week was Joe Cheeseman who replaced the not quite 100% fit Conner Williamson at the centre of defence.
Like most games recently the wind played its part and for the first half Bridlington had it and resorted to an unfamiliar style of trying to use that wind to hit their big powerful centre forward Jake Day as quickly as possible…its fair to say that it didn’t work as well as they’d hoped.
After dealing with the areal ball over the top and a couple of long throws Staveley got the ball down to play with Jordan Claxton setting Michael Burke off down the left hand touchline with the home defence struggling to keep up he looked up and found Sam Finlaw on the edge of the box however his shot went well wide. A waved away penalty appeal as Matt Davies jinked this way at that past three defenders preceded Sam Finlaw dancing down the left hand side to play in Micheal Burke once more who between himself and Jordan Claxton managed to work a crossing opportunity from which Matty Parkin saw his shot across goal blocked.
Staveley were mounting on the pressure and were the victim of some “robust” challenges that arguably warranted more than several talkings to but to be fair to the referee he played the advantage rule well bringing the play back for a set piece on more than one occasion the first of which Tomas Poole used as a sighter, winning a corner following a save from Tom Jackson in goal for the seasiders. That corer was swung over the far post by Matty Davies where it was put back in by Matty Parkin where Joe Cheeseman up from the back nearly got a debut goal but his header went over. “Tucker” Pooles second freekick went a good deal closer as it struck the crossbar on its way over.
Those two set pieces followed the best chance of the half so far when Sam Finlaws pass found Michael Burkes offside trap beating run to leave him one on one with Tom Jackson. Unfortunately Brids keeper won that particular encounter but had Burke squared the ball to Tomas Pool who had eaten up the ground to join him in attack then the Trojans would surely have taken the lead.
As it never is… it wasn’t all one way traffic after another Joe Cheeseman header narrowly failed to hit the target the home side broke quickly and caught the Staveley defence napping slightly having sent to many players forward.. the seasiders quickly worked the ball to Jake Day who was denied by a brilliantly timed sliding blocked tackle from Brad Jones and he got the luck it deserved when turning round to see a curling effort from the rebound crash of the top off the angle of post and crossbar. Then a cross from the left wasn’t dealt with properly it popped out to Chris Adams on the far post whose saw his goalbound effort smothered by Myles Wright in the Staveley goal.
Five minutes from the break another great bit of officiating when an offside but not active Michael burke was not flagged as he made his way back onside allowed an onside Sam Finlaw to run onto Robson Doolans excellent through ball, made even better as he played it whilst falling over. Finlaw then nonchalantly knocked it past Tom Jackson as if he wasn’t there.
— Alan Collins (@ascollins67) January 26, 2019
Bridlington Town 0 – 1 Staveley MW
Jake Day was given a golden opportunity to equalise from the penalty sport moments later but he made a complete mess of it kicking the ball high and wide and not very handsome landing it in the carpark outside.
HT:Bridlington Town 0 – 1 Staveley MW
Tomas Poole almost engineered a second Staveley goal straight from the kick off, when trying to find Michael Burke at the near post winning a corner instead which Matty Parkin hit over but from then on in, Bridlington returned to what everyone was expecting pre-game, getting it down and playing football and looked much the better for it… looking to pass keep the ball and create rather than force chances and as a result the Trojans found it difficult to get out and had to be content with hitting their opponents on the break.
Five minutes into the half and it looked like their “new” style had already paid dividends but a long range cross / shot from Matt Broadley was headed off the line by Jordan Claxton and the pressure on the Staveley goal continued to build with Myles Wright at his brilliant best to smother a Jake Day shot that came out of a crowded box following a corner…
For all that pressure and possession though the best chances even if they were few and far between actually came Staveleys way, just after Claxtons heroics at the other end, Michael Burke elected to pass this time when one on one once more but saw his centre partially cleared by the backtracking Bridlington defence out to Matty Parkin who put it over when well placed.
Then Claxton, again in the thick of the action just after the hour intercepted a poor goal kick but just couldn’t quite fashion the final pass nor could Robson Doolan when similarly placed moments later and typically the inability to take chances particularly the first half ones came back to haunt as it has every single team to ever cross the proverbial white line when Nathan Modest was fouled on the edge of the area allowing Andy Norfolk to equalise from the resultant freekick with just three minutes to go…
Bridlington Town 1 – 1 Staveley MW
There wasn’t long left to play but Staveley managed to win themselves a freekick of their own on the edge of the Bridlington box.. Joe Pugh, on as a second half substitute stepped up curled the ball round the wall where goalkeeper Thomas Jackson could only palm the ball into the path of a following up Robson Doolan who promptly stuck it between the posts causing absolute scenes amongst the travelling Trojan army whose prayers had been well and truly answered!
FT: Bridlington Town 1 – 2 Staveley MW
— Alan Collins (@ascollins67) January 26, 2019
And never mind “strolling along the prom prom prom” might well have been able to make it all the way home too having finally seen their side beat the Seasiders at the ninth time of asking!
Team: 1.Myles Wright 2. Brad Jones 3.Jordan Claxton 4. Sam Finlaw 5. Charlie Oglesby 6.Joe Cheeseman. 7. Matty Davies. 8. Robson Doolan 9. Michael Burke 10. Tomass Poole 11. Matty Parkin
12. Kay on for 3. Jordan Claxton
14. Joe Pugh on for 7. Matty Davies
15. Adam Baskerville on for Michael Burke
Man of the Match: Myles Wright – who is sponsored by Staveley supporter Bill Tyler