Stewart stars as Bridlington hammer Parkgate
BRIDLINGTON Town ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Parkgate to close the gap to one point at the top of the NCEL Premier Division.
The hosts took the lead in the 20th minute when Chris Batchelor found Scott Phillips on the left and he chipped the ball over Rob Poulter to give Carl Stewart the simple task of running the ball into an empty net.
After 28 minutes Craig Palmer attempted a back pass to Mark Wilberforce and when Craig Fletcher nipped in to win control of the ball he was tugged back by Palmer just outside the penalty area.
Luckily for the Town defender he was shown only a yellow card.
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Fletcher hit a shot straight at Wilberforce and then had an attempt pushed behind by the keeper.
Chris Telling's strike from a David Cockerill free-kick, given for Tom Lee's foul on Adam Shepherd, was deflected for a corner amid strong appeals for handball.
The Seasiders finished the half the stronger and after Shepherd had been cautioned on 40 minutes for bringing down Tom Fleming, Stewart fired over following a move involving Lee, Batchelor and Allanson.
Two minutes over the allotted 45, a run by Phillips took him into the penalty area where Fletcher upended him.
The striker got up to convert the penalty kick.
Early in the second half Town over elaborated on the edge of the area by trying one pass too many before Parkgate made two substitutions and reduced the arrears.
Wilberforce had saved at Shepherd's feet, but after 54 minutes Palmer tripped Smith in the area. The defender escaped further punishment but Cockerill made no mistake from the spot.
The two-goal lead was restored a minute later with Phillips giving Stewart the opportunity to fire home.
Telling struck the ball over the top from 15 yards, then Stewart shot wide when he should have hit the target.
Stewart made amends after 74 minutes from Josh Greening's deft ball forward when he ran into the right hand side of the penalty area and as Poulter came out to close him down he shot through the keeper's legs.
Bridlington: Wilberforce, Aziz, T. Lee, Allanson, Palmer (Cook 57), Belt (Logan 61), Batchelor, Fleming (c), Phillips, Stewart (Hogg 76), Greening.