Following Saturday's stalemate, the Collieries make the journey to Bridlington Town this evening for an Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round replay. Colls made a dream start to Saturday’s tie - Scott Sephton rifled home a ferocious effort with just 30 seconds on the clock. However, as Manager Brad Cooke highlighted after the game, the Black and Whites could only watch as chance after chance failed to put the game to bed. The FA Cup takes no prisoners and, rather inevitably, Brid made Atherton pay for not sealing the game early on - Jack Bulless with a strong header from a set piece. Colls could have won the tie were it not for the sturdy hands of Hitchcock; Rokka's effort looked destined for the bottom corner but the 'keeper somehow turned the ball away.
In his post-match reflections, Cooke rued the missed opportunities, “I’m really disappointed as we should have won the game in normal time. The game, to be honest, should have been put to bed by half time. We missed chance after chance and, when you miss so many chances, they (Bridlington) are always going to have that opportunity to score from a set piece or long throw. That’s what happened today. I’m not happy at all, to be honest, but the positive thing is that we are still in the FA Cup. In future, we have got to put some of those chances away.”
With both sides failing to secure progression over the 90 minutes, tonight’s game in Bridlington will decide the tie. Fellow Pitching In Northern Premier League outfit Witton Albion await the winners in the next round.
A 234-mile round trip is no mean feat on a Tuesday night – everyone at the football club respects and thanks all those making the journey East, your support is invaluable!
Tuesday 7th September 2021
Bridlington Town Football Club,
Adults – £7
Concessions – £4
Article – Zach Pierce
Photo – David Featherstone