Agnew nets winner with first goal for Town

Bridlington Town news
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Bridlington Town battled back to win 2-1 at Athersley Recreation, but boss Gary Allanson believes his team is still not firing on all cylinders.

The Seasiders fell behind in the first 10 minutes in South Yorkshire, but Joel Sutton levelled matters in the 36th minutes, before new signing Brett Agnew netted the winner, with his first goal for Town midway through the second half.

Allanson was pleased to get the three points from a tough away fixture but is worried complacency is creeping into his squad.

“It was a really difficult game last night, we didn’t get there until after 7pm so our preparation was affected.

“Athersley are fighting for their lives to stay up, they always have fighters and battlers in their teams and it is always an intimating place to go and to be fair to them they put us under enormous pressure for the first 25 minutes.

“We went 1-0 down and could have been more to be honest. We did manage to equalise before half time and this gave us the opportunity to sort ourselves out at half time and we changed things around.

“Credit to the players the second half performance was much better and we matched them competitively and we showed good character and the scoreline could have been three or four by the end.”

Agnew’s arrival should take the pressure off Town’s young strikers and he took less than two games to get off the mark.

“It was great for Agnew to score and I think this will be first of many for us. He has already made a big difference to us with his work rate and physical presence,” said Allanson.

Bridlington now face two games in three days over the Easter weekend, with a trip to struggling Pontefract Colleries on Saturday followed by a home game against Barton Town Old Boys on Monday.

The manager added: “We still have some big games ahead of us and this weekend will be a big test for us playing two games in three days which is ridiculous to be honest and puts enormous pressure on the players, but we have to battle on.

“Our players have now to learn very, very quickly of how to compete and earn the right to play. At the moment, I think the players think they are better than what they are and can just turn up at teams who are lower than us in the league and win comfortably, but these teams want to beat us so they will raise their game against us, as they see us as a massive scalp.

“We are having a great season but Wayne (Lewis, assistant manager) and myself won’t allow it just to fizzle out, we are both very passionate about this club and we have the desire to drive it forward and be successful.

“The players have to have the same mentality and ambitions. We need winners on that pitch who will run their hearts out for each other, not all players are showing that at the minute and that’s a little disappointing.”

The win at Athersley keeps Bridlington in fourth in the NCEL table with 70 points from 36 games.