Victory lifts Ponte Colls out of relegation zone

Mark Whitehouse, on target twice for Pontefract Collieries against Bridlington Town.
Mark Whitehouse, on target twice for Pontefract Collieries against Bridlington Town.

Pontefract Collieries climbed out of the bottom three when they stunned top four side Bridlington Town in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.

Up against opponents with outside chances of winning the championship, Colls produced their best display under manager Craig Parry as they were two up by half-time and went on to win 3-1.

Mark Whitehouse gave them the start they were looking for as he fired in the opening goal on 16 minutes.

It got even better seven minutes later when Whitehouse netted again and it stayed 2-0 to the break.

When midfielder Aaron Joseph then struck within nine minutes of the restart Ponte were three up and well on their way to a first victory in four matches.

Bridlington did pull a goal back through Joel Sutton 16 minutes from time, but it was too late to save them from defeat.

The three points lifted Pontefract up three places to sixth from bottom and they now have a two-point advantage over the teams currently filling the relegation places.

Colls were in action in midweek and earned a point from a 2-2 home draw with Brigg Town with Liam Radford and returning striker Aaron Moxam scoring. This Saturday they are at home to Handsworth Parramore (3pm).