Bridlington Town will be looking for a third consecutive home win and a passage into the Buildbase FA Trophy third qualifying round tomorrow when Sheffield FC are the visitors to the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium, writs Gordon Gillott.
The two sides met at Sheffield’s Home of Football Stadium in Dronfield on the Saturday of August Bank Holiday weekend. After gifting their hosts two goals in the first 10 minutes, the Seasiders eventually went down 3-0.
Since then, Sheffield drew the next game at Lincoln United and lost the next four league fixtures including the last two in which they conceded five and four goals respectively. Both clubs are now level on six points with next bottom Pickering Town, but the Seasiders have the better goal difference of the three.
Apart from the poor showing at Pontefract, Town have been showing signs of improvement recently and will want to continue that trend as they strive to reach the next round in three weeks’ time. With no midweek match, it has given chance for players who are carrying injuries to try to get fit in time. Both Nathan Hotte and Ellis Barkworth pulled out of last Saturday’s home win against Lincoln United at half-time.
If the scores are level after 90 minutes tomorrow the game will go straight to a penalty competition.
The Seasiders second team, Bridlington Town Rovers, are away to Blackburn Athletic and with four other teams on the same points a win is needed to at least keep in touch with them and possibly improve on the ninth position they hold at present. Town’s veterans’ team are also away this weekend with a visit to Hornsea Town on Sunday.
Bridlington RUFC were due to take a break from league action with a trip to Hullensians in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy but will instead play last week’s abandoned match against Pontefract, Dukes Park 3pm. The Mariners are also at home, to Hull Ionians Thirds.
Yorkshire HA Women’s Division Two Moor & Dale leaders Bridlington make the trip to Mirfield to take on second-placed Spen Valley.