Bridlington Town 4 Brighouse Town 1
BRIGHOUSE Town have left themselves with a fight on their hands if they are to finish third in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division after letting an early lead slip against champions-elect Bridlington.
Danny Naidole had given Paul Quinn’s visitors the perfect start with a goal after seven minutes. However, Bridlington, who came back from a 2-0 half-time deficit in their previous game against Armthorpe Welfare to win 4-2, levelled 10 minutes before the break then added three second half goals to grab maximum points.
The defeat dropped Brighouse down to fourth in the table and with one game remaining they could still be overhauled by Winterton Rangers and Parkgate - who both lost on Saturday - should they get nothing from their final match at relegation-threatened Lincoln Moorlands Railway next weekend.
Brighouse gave themselves a boost with the early goal.
Leon Henry did well on the left and beat his man before delivering a cross which Naidole dispatched past the Bridlington keeper.
The visitors continued to match their hosts but conceded a goal to Tom Fleming after 35 minutes.
Brighouse knew they would have to up their game after the break, but it was Bridlington who got the scent of victory in their nostrils and were never likely to look back once James Bennett and Josh Greening had made it 3-1 in a five minute spell.
Quinn committed more men to attack in an effort to salvage something from the game, but that left Robert Hawkes with space to add a last minute fourth.
“Despite the defeat I thought we came out of the game with great credit,” said Quinn. “We were on top for good spells in the first half and certainly matched them.
“To be fair to Bridlington they outplayed us in the second half, but I think 4-1 was a bit harsh on us.
“We went in at the break 1-1 and we deserved that. However, they had the bit between their teeth after that, changed their tactics effectively and with the title to aim for, went on to win the game.
“It was a setback for our ambition to finish third, but we can only do what we have to do at Lincoln on Saturday.
“I think Bridlington will go on and win it now. They turned down promotion last season but talking to their manager afterwards I believe their chairman has said that they will take it this time.
“It was a good yardstick for us and I don’t think we are that far away. We want to be where Bridlington are next season.”