VERSATILE Billy Logan was Bridlington’s hero as they fought back from a goal down to complete the double over rivals Scarborough Athletic.
The Seasiders’ young jack-of-all-trades grabbed two priceless second half goals after switching from full-back to midfield.
Manager Mitch Cook said: “I’ve known Billy a long time. He is a quiet lad but he works very hard.
“He has had a professional grounding and was a YTS scholar at Mansfield for two years and was leading scorer for the youth team.
“We’ve asked him to do a defensive job, but he can play anywhere on the pitch, and we know he is likely to score goals, which is a bonus.”
Logan is becoming something of a derby day hero, having headed in a late winner against Pickering earlier in the season, but Cook said it was a real team effort in the second half which secured Saturday’s 2-1 win.
“I didn’t think we played well first half, we had a chance before they scored, but we took time to adjust to how Scarborough were playing.
“There was a crucial moment on the stroke of half time when Mark Wilberforce made a great save, but we overpowered them in the second half.
“We sorted out a few things at half time, closing down their wide men and picking up better in midfield. Tom Fleming led by example, and Nathan Cook picked up on that too.
“I’m surprised the two derby games haven’t been as feisty as you’d expect, but that is a credit to both sets of players and fans,” Cook added.
“They were both enjoyable games, although I’m sure we enjoyed them more.
“Regardless of the rivalry, we have taken six points off a team that were one of the favourites to win the league.
“They still could, it is not mathematically impossible.
“But I have to give credit to the way we have played defensively as a team this year.
“Scarborough had a front two who had scored nine goals in the last three league games but as a team we snuffed them out.
“They did the same to us, but we were able to win the game from elsewhere.”
TWO-goal hero Billy Logan insisted Bridlington’s team spirit can lead them to the Northern Counties East League title.
He said: “For the first goal, I was off balance, but saw the keeper off his line. I was leaning back a bit and managed to lift it over him.
“The second, Craig Hogg couldn’t control a corner, and it just fell to me. I knew I had to hit it into the ground and it just found a little gap.
“Everyone was buzzing afterwards. We haven’t been playing well in the last few weeks, but the team spirit is quality.
“Champions don’t play well but still win, that’s what they say.
“We all want to win and we definitely believe we can win the league.”
Logan started the game at right back but moved into midfield after a reshuffle.
“I started as a striker, but moved into midfield a few years ago. I’m just happy as long as I am playing.”