Brid boss Allanson hails Agnew's impact

Brett Agnew, pictured against Brid Town, has been a great signing according to Gary Allanson
Brett Agnew, pictured against Brid Town, has been a great signing according to Gary Allanson

Bridlington Town boss Gary Allanson has piled praise on hat-trick hero Brett Agnew after Saturday’s 3-2 derby win at Pickering Town

Agnew, a recent signing from Hull United, wrapped up his treble in the final minute of the encounter to hand Brid a valuable three points.

Allanson said: “Brett has been a great signing for us, not only with his ability and physical presence but he is also helping the younger players.

“It has taken a bit a pressure off them and they are starting to flourish more now, hopefully we can have a great end to the season and play some great entertaining football on the way.”

Allanson was delighted with his side’s performance against Pickering, and the result.

He added: “It was a very good performance on Saturday against Pickering, a massive difference to the week previous.

“We had fire and desire on Saturday which was certainly missing against Pontefract the previous week.

“We had a good talk after the Pontefract game and put some things into perspective and I will hold my hands up as the manager as we tried to shuffle the pack a little as we had two games in three games coming up.

“All the players held their hands up and accepted that too many had an off day, we have an honest group of players and they knew they had let the club down with that performance.

“We had a great training session on Thursday after the Monday game against Barton was called off and after reflecting after the last few games we had lost our identity of how we want to play the game,

“We had become another typical non-league team, kick it, head it, scrap and shout and scream at the officials at every decision.

“We are better than that and we started to put that right at training, we had a high-tempo session and the quality was very good.”

Allanson tried to intrduce a more relaxed attitude on Saturday and that move paid off.

“Before the Pickering game we changed the team talk to concentrate on us and we were more relaxed and composed.

“We want to pass the ball and entertain and play high-tempo, fast attacking football, I think we got that on Saturday and credit to Pickering they are very similar to us so it was a great, entertaining fixture.

“We said before the game to concentrate on the performance and the result will look after itself and I think that’s what happened.

“The first 20 minutes we could have been 4-0 up, but we weren’t ruthless enough in the final third though we did create lots of chances.

“Pickering then had a good finish to the half and scored two goals, we looked a little lost in midfield so we changed it slightly at half-time.

“The second half we totally dominated and their keeper made three brilliant saves to keep the score down,

“Brett managed to complete his hat-trick with a last-minute header and we went home with the three points, great performance all round.”