Worksop Town 1-3 Bridlington Town
Worksop fall at the first hurdle as Bridlington advance to the next stage of the NCEL League Cup.
A hat-trick from Joel Sutton set Bridlington flying with confidence before Igor Mlynarski powered home an impressive effort which proved only to be a consolation goal. Missed chances and defensive errors proved to be the downfall on the night.
The visitors looked the much stronger side in the first half and put on lots of pressure to go ahead in the tie. Tim Taylor tried his chances from the right-hand side, he turned across the body of Templeton before smashing a fierce effort across Alexander and out for a goal-kick.
Joel Sutton proved to be a real handful throughout the game and had an early sight of goal. The Bridlington striker was allowed to carry the ball fifteen yards before losing his marker by dropping the shoulder one way and advancing the other. Although Sutton had more space, he fired his shot straight into the hands of Jason Alexander.
However, that chance must of given Sutton the hunger for a goal as five minutes later, he opened the scoring. A strong volley by Jake Day was spilled by Alexander into the path of Sutton who placed his composed shot into the net. Following the opener, Callum Fielding replaced the injured Alexander.
The Seasiders were not just content with sitting back and holding onto their single goal lead, they continued to send wave upon wave of attacks which the Tigers defence did well to contain for the most part. Taylor broke down the right flank before squaring it to Sutton who scuffed his shot first time and Blake Blythe, who started his first game for the Tigers, was on hand to clear the ball to safety on the line.
Worksop finally had their first attempt on target twenty minutes into the affair. Baird picked out the sideways run of Alec Denton. Denton held the ball up before sharply swivelling away from his marker and curling a shot towards goal. In contrast, the long-range shot was mild and Nestor easily saved.
Sutton bagged his and his side’s second goal of the game after the half hour mark. The number ten found his self with the ball on the edge of the box after the Tigers tried to play their way out of trouble, he then hit a sweet strike to Fieldings near side for his second of the evening.
Sutton’s strike partner, Jake Day, also caused problems all game due to his strength and power. He was almost on the scoresheet himself just before the break. Day made his way into a pocket of space on the edge of the box before striking the ball through the legs of Bownes but not through the hands of Fielding who had pounced on the shot.
The referee blew the whistle and Bridlington led by two goals to nil at half-time.
Worksop came out early for the second half and whatever Duncan Milligan and John Buckley voiced in the changing room, it seemed to fire the lads up. Matty Templeton went close ten minutes after the restart after clever play down the right. Templeton took on Buttle and cut in on to his left, he attempted to catch out Nester by shooting towards the near post rather than his far, but the keeper read the shot like a book and easily caught it.
Brid were almost gifted a goal just before the hour mark. Fielding tried to play the ball out from the defence and saw his short pass, which was intended for Liversidge, intercepted by Day. The ball fizzed up into the air allowing Jake to only nod into an empty goal. However Fielding raced across and managed to bat the ball away from safety. A brilliant recovery from the young keeper.
Templeton was a menace on the right channel in the second period and he had another great chance to pull a goal back. He received the ball on the wing and advanced towards goal, taking two or three players out of the game with his mazy dribbles. However, he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet in time and before he realised, the keeper had already closed Templeton down and saved his effort.
Worksop were left with a mountain to climb after Bridlington added a third. Joel Sutton escaped the attention of the Tigers backline as he latched on to Tom Bennett’s through ball. He kept his cool and slotted the ball past an outrushing Fielding to complete his hat-trick and put the game effectively beyond doubt .
Several minutes later, Igor Mlynarski pulled a goal back thanks to a magnificent solo effort. Mlynarski received the ball from Holden about 40 yards out, his trickery saw him beat his first man and nutmegged his second before rifling the ball into the top corner just inside the box. This was Igor’s third goal in two games.
The visitors almost restored their three goal cushion with twenty minutes to go. Tom Bennett shot high over the bar from close range following Chris Adams low driven ball across the box, which went past every Worksop defender.
The last ten minutes was all constant pressure from the Tigers and they had three great chances to try and get back into the game and maybe find that equaliser that would send the tie to extra time. Firstly, Boyd’s cross was controlled on the penalty spot by Matty Templeton. Templeton took a touch and hit his shot towards goal which was saved well by Reece Nestor, this was his third chance from close range on the evening but he just couldn’t find a way past Nestor.
Moments later, Bridlington struggled to clear their lines and Templeton nicked the ball off Jenkinson. He laid it off on the edge of the area for Mlynarski who subsequently shot powerfully but inches over the bar.
Then in the last minute of normal time debutant Luke Black struck a ferocious strike from around thirty-five yards out, which cannoned off the bar and then was cleared away to safety.
Bridlington Town absorbed the immense pressure from the Tigers for the remaining minutes of injury time to claim their place into the next round of the NCEL League Cup.
STAR MAN: IGOR MLYNARSKI
This was a tough decision but not a surprising one. The Under 19s graduate was a constant danger while switching between the two channels. His mazy, powerful runs left the Bridlington full-backs in a spin while his quality crosses cause the defenders problems. Definitely one who the Tigers need to keep hold of for a long time.
Goals: Mlynarski (68’); Sutton (10’, 33’, 65’)
Lineup: Alexander (Fielding), Liversidge, Boyd, Lysons, Bownes, Blythe (Holden), Mlynarski, Baird (Black), Denton, Husbands, Templeton
Unused Subs: Carpenter, Smith
By Devon Louis Cash