Late goal sees points return to the Seaside

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For the second time in a week a substitute nabbed a late winner at Sandy Lane – but Saturday’s went in the Worksop Town net.

Tigers were hate by a late sucker punch as they went down 2-1 at home to Bridlington – a poor performance and a failure to take chances costing Worksop dearly.

Defeat meant the first points dropped at home by Tigers this season.

It became evident quite early that Worksop were in for a tough afternoon, Bridlington making it hard for the hosts to play out from the back and frustrating the Tigers midfield.

After Jake Scott put a strong but fair challenge in on striker Craig Hogg, the Bridlington skipper Tom Fleming looked to exact some revenge a minute later, earning a yellow for his high, late tackle.

Worksop played themselves into trouble when Ben Gathercole didn’t have enough time to clear and the ball cannoned off Ombeni Ruhanduka, Hogg turning Shiels to gather the rebound and shooting just wide.

Bridlington committed a defensive error of their own, playing Dre Johnson in with a shoddy pass, the striker unable to beat James Hitchcock.

The opening spell was full of sloppy play from the hosts, before Conor Sellars took matters into his own hands with a low drive from distance, the ball drifting wide.

Ruhanduka should have got the game’s first goal but despite being afforded all the time and space in the world by the Tigers back line, he spooned his shot.

He rued the mistake less than 60 seconds later, Sellars winning a corner then sending it into the middle where Shiels rose to head home.

Jonathan Wafula’s excellent tackle left James Whittingham on the deck and set Worksop on another attack, Johnson was unable to lift the ball over Hitchcock however.

The hosts were handed an opportunity when Connor Smythe looked to have run the ball out of play, he seemed to stop and wait for a whistle that didn’t come, then played on, hooking in a cross that Wafula almost connected with.

After a poor first half home fans were expecting a better start after the break, but it wasn’t to be.

Both frontmen were failing to stay onside, or hold the ball up, meaning Bridlington could come straight back downfield.

And on 50 minutes when a cross came in from the right, the littlest man on the pitch, Ruhanduka got up unopposed to head into the net.

Johnson’s pace forced Hitchcock into a rushed clearance and the ball fell to Husbands, a defender heading his effort off the line.

Sellars sent a free-kick towards the top corner, Hitchcock making a fine save.

In an attempt to liven things up Mark Shaw sent Reece Twell into the fray, and the replacement linked up well with Husbands, sending his strike partner down the left and taking a return pass six yards out before blazing over.

Alex Pursehouse, who was having a quiet game offensively, sent in a wonderful cross to the back stick, where Tom Elliott arrived only to head over.

Bridlington’s second half attacking output was minimal, but in the final minutes Benn Lewis did thunder a shot at goal and it didn’t miss by much.

With four minutes remaining they somehow nicked a winner as Fleming got past Scott, put in a dangerous ball and Jarrod Smalley nipped in ahead of Shiels to poke the ball home.

Worksop: Gathercole 6, PURSEHOUSE 6, Smythe 5, Scott 5, Weaver 5, Shiels 5, Sellars 5, Wafula 5, Husbands 5 (Jordan 85), Johnson 5 (Twell 68), Elliott 5 (Whincop 77). Not used: Dawson, Hawkins.

Bridlington: Hitchcock, Lewis, Whittingham, Allanson, Nicholls, Jenkinson, Ruhanduka (Smalley 81), Fleming, Hogg, Chippendale (Collishaw 46), Birch. Not used: Day, Knaggs, Sandall.

Referee: Mr L. Jones. Assistants: Mr R. Jackson, Mr J. Bateman.

Goalscorers: Shiels 26; Ruhanduka 50, Smalley 86

Yellows: Scott 88; Fleming 8, Jenkinson 80

Attendance: 438.