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Town Blue's 3 Spartan Tigers 3

Chris Webb  Saturday, April 13, 2002  20:54 GMT

Bridlington Town Blue’s 3 Spartan Tigers 3 (Friendly)

The Blue’s entertained Tigers in this 11 a-side friendly in an attempt to prepare both teams for full junior football next season (Under 12’s)

The game was a learning exercise for both teams (and Managers) which proved to be a valuable experience.

Tigers started the brightest and for the first 10 minutes played some good fluent football that had the Blue’s chasing their own shadows but unfortunately for the Tigers did not yield any goals.

Over the next 10 minutes the Blue’s settled and against the run of play found themselves 2 goals up courtesy of Danny Quigley and Nathan Cunningham.

For the final 15 minutes both teams squander chances with the final player always going one step too far.

In the second half Tigers pushed forward looking for goals and until Danny Porter missed the ball and took down Josh Leddy the Blue’s defence looked sound.

Alan White the match referee awarded a penalty from which Ashton Clayton reduced the Tigers deficit.

Both teams were by now playing good football which was a pleasure to watch for any of the spectators in the ground and following a good run down the left Joshua Job found James Webb whose shot beat the Tigers keeper to give the Blue’s a 3-1 lead.

Tigers however were not beaten and again played some good passing football that at times left the Blue’s defence wondering what was coming next.

15 minutes into the second half following one of the many Tigers attacks Ashton Clayton rounded the Blue’s defence to score and make the score 3-2.

The last 10 minutes of the half saw both teams tiring and with the last kick of the match Mark Shepherd scored Tigers equaliser.

Considering this was the first time either team had played competitive 11 a-side football on a full size pitch the result was fair and the lessons learnt invaluable.

The game was played in good spirits and both sets of players were a credit to their respective Managers.




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