|Scott Phillips, who scored a hat-trick for Bridlington against North Ferriby|
Bridlington Town 7-0 North Ferriby United X1
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Match Photos can be seen HERE
Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson believes the hammering of North Ferriby United reserves serves as a “confidence boost”.
Bridlington were never in danger of losing to the young Ferriby team and Allanson’s men cruised to a first pre-season victory.
Craig Hogg opened the floodgates before Scott Phillips scored a hat-trick, young striker Darren Rookes grabbed a brace and Ben Silburn added the seventh late-on.
Town had lost their opening two friendlies to Scarborough Athletic and then Beverley Town so Allanson was happy to get off the mark with his understrength team.
|Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson|
“It was a confidence boost and as we were saying to the lads, sometimes you need a game like that where it was just a little bit easier,” he said.
“You can get your foundations set along with your philosophies and ethos so it becomes second nature. To be honest if Ferriby had sent a full-strength side, we would have struggled today because we had a few lads out. Wayne Aziz, Chris Jenkinson and Tommy Lee missing so there is three top players that would have fitted in there. They are big players for us.
“It was comfortable, but credit to Ferriby because they only had a young side out. But we did things in the right way and the right manner.
“(In the second half) we mixed and matched (with a few of the young lads) because we need to have a look at them. They are going to be on the periphery, but for the first two months of the season we are going to be playing two games a week so they are going to come in and get a fair chance.”
Four minutes is all it took for Hogg to score. Indecisive defending led to the striker being unchallenged on the edge of the box and he simply fired the ball into the bottom corner.
Silburn had a free kick well saved before Phillips rounded the Ferriby goalkeeper for his first of the afternoon. Midway through the opening half, Phillips lobbed the visitors’ stopper for goal number three.
At half-time, Allanson shuffled his side around and allowed his younger players the chance to impress. Rookes took only three minutes to do so. The striker held off the challenge from the defender and was able to poke the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.
|Darren Rookes scores his first of two goals|
Phillips completed his treble on the hour mark with a similar goal. That made the score 5-0, but Bridlington were not finished. Rookes scored again and celebrated by doing a number somersault’s in front of the main stand.
In the 88th minute, Silburn found himself through on goal and neatly lobbed the goalkeeper to round a high-scoring afternoon off.
Bridlington host Grimsby Borough on Monday night at Queensgate.
Bridlington Town: Wilberforce, Belt, Brunton, Allanson, Metcalfe, Pujdak, Phillips, Fleming, Hogg, Silburn, Ricketts. Subs: Sutton, Faulkner, Rookes, Morritt, Paylor.
Referee: W Grunill (Hull)
Man of the match: Scott Phillips