Bridlington Town v Colne F.C.
FA Trophy Qualifying round 1
Queensgate - 19:45
Tuesday 13th September
If drawn after 90 minutes, the game will be decided by penalties.
Colne travel to the East Riding of Yorkshire, to take on NPL East side Bridlington Town, in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Bridlington Town finished in 15th place in the NPL East league, in the 21/22 season. In this competition last year, Town reached the qualifying round 3, after knocking out Sheffield on penalties, but succumbing to Marske United in a 7-0 home defeat.
The Seasiders have 6 league games under their belt this season. A 1-1 home draw on the opening day against Long Eaton United, with a goal from Lewis Dennison, was followed up with a 3-1 away win at Lincoln United, thanks to an Ali Aydemir hat-trick. Worksop Town were the next visitors to Queensgate, and another goal apiece from Dennison and Aydemir secured a 2-2 draw. Town then travelled to Shildon and were comprehensively beaten 6-0. Two more home fixtures produced a narrow 1-0 win over bottom of the table Grimsby Borough, with a last minute winner from Dennison, and another 2-2 draw with Ossett United thanks to another Aydemir goal and an own goal. Bridlington currently sit 7th in the league with 9 points from 6 games.
Brid were knocked out of the FA Cup at the same stage as Colne, after losing 3-0 at home to Dunston. In the previous round they had dispatched Whitley Bay at home 3-1 with strikes from Yates, Dennison and an own goal.
Bridlington Town players to watch - Offensive dangerous duo, Lewis “Denny” Dennison and 20 year old Ali Aydemir, will be hoping to carry on their great starts, after each notching 4 goals already this season. Former Hull City pro, and versatile defender Matty Plummer captains Brid, whilst Andy Norfolk and Eddie Rogerson provide the aggression and creative spark from midfield. Former player, Mike Thompson was appointed first team manager in May, after leaving Beverley Town.
The Reds who now have 5 points from 6 games, moved up a place to 17th in the league, after beating bottom side City of Liverpool 2-1, last Tuesday evening. A 1st minute long range effort from Colne midfielder Bradley Knox, was fumbled by the young City of Liverpool keeper Ryan Hamer, due to the extremely wet conditions and he couldn’t keep it out. The Purps hit back and new loan keeper Andre da Silva Mendes made some telling saves to preserve Colne’s lead. Just before half-time, that lead was doubled when a superb solo run and finish was executed by the Red’s number 9, Owen Watkinson. In the 2nd half, 2 almost identical claims for a penalty, where Hamer appeared to bring down Watkinson in the penalty area were waved away by the referee, and the situation looked ominous, when a superbly struck free-kick 4 minutes from time, by Jack Hazelhurst, reduced the deficit. Four minutes added time turned into six, before the ref finally blew his full time whistle and Colne recorded their first 3 points of the season.
The Reds enjoyed a good run last term in the FA Trophy. A 1-0 win away at City of Liverpool was backed up with the performance of the season away at high flying, unbeaten, Northern Premier side Buxton. Despite being reduced to 10 men when young keeper Joel Torrance was dismissed after 40 minutes and going a goal down on the stroke of half-time, a rousing 2nd half saw the Reds turn the game on it’s head with goals from defenders Lee Pugh and Tom Dean. The shocked home side threw everything at stopgap keeper Ryan Taylor, but he held firm and the 2-1 score line was kept intact. Back as an outfield player, Taylor scored a cracking free kick in the next round at home to higher league opposition Tamworth, but the lead only lasted 2 minutes, and after the game ended all square, the Reds bowed out 4-3 on penalties.
Who’s on Ashh’s couch? - Burton, and Winstanley remain unfit. Charlie Russell is back in training. No other injuries.
Bridlington Town v Colne F.C. With the game being re-arranged from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday evening, it’s hopeful that all the players will be available with work release for the 3 hour journey. Phil Brown will be hopeful that Matty Kardacz is fit, after illness kept him out of the last game. Harry Jones could return to the starting 11 after getting 45 minutes under his belt last Tuesday and Charlie Russell is coming back into contention. Squad players Ezio de Santis, Ellis Wallbank, Aaron Turner and Kian Ellis could feature, if the Colne gaffer uses the cup games to try different ideas and get minutes into his fringe players.
A welcome 1st league win of the season will have hopefully given the young Reds much needed confidence for their trip to East Yorkshire. Experience at the back was instrumental in their victory over City of Liverpool at Holt House, with skipper Paul Dugdale continuing his centre-back role and standout performer Glen Steele marshalling the rear guard action, as the away side turned the screw late on. Youngsters Tom Fagan, Tom McCann and Luke Stowe continue to grow into their new roles and new signing Bradley Knox has added steel in the middle of the park to complement the industrious guile of Craig Carney, and the drive of Harry Jones. Up top, Lucas Weaver and Owen Watkinson are having their own goalscoring competition, with 3 apiece already, backed up by Jack Doherty’s versatility. Although Brid play at the same step 4 level as Colne, their league doesn’t appear to be as strong or as challenging as the NPL West, and despite playing away from home it would be no surprise for the improving Reds to pull off a cup win, and progress to the next round, scheduled for the 24th of September.
Sat 17th September - Colne v 1874 Northwich 15:00
Sat 1st October - Runcorn Linnets v Colne 15:00
Sat 8th October - Witton Albion v Colne 15:00
Tonight’s other FA Trophy fixtures involving NPL West teams - 19:45
Bootle v Grimsby Borough
Carlton Town v Hanley Town
Clitheroe v 1874 Northwich
Kidsgrove Athletic v Hinckley LR
Macclesfield v Tadcaster Albion
Mossley v Dunston
Newcastle Town v Spalding United
Prescott Cables v Cleethorpes Town
Ramsbottom United v Glossop North End
Trafford v Hebburn Town - 20:00
Widnes v Skelmersdale United
Witton Albion v Stockton Town
Workington v Runcorn Linnets
Admission Prices are:
Under 16's £4