BRIDLINGTON: Town boss furious after Barton defeat

Pictures by Lea Houlihan
Pictures by Lea Houlihan

Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook was furious after his patched-up team lost 3-2 at Barton Town Old Boys last weekend.

Holidays, injuries and other commitments meant The Seasiders travelled across the Humber Bridge with just 11 fit players, and injured midfielder Ash Allanson sat on the subsitiutes bench despite having been at an A&E department the night before.

Cook said: “The whole scenario was an embarrassment to the club. I spent all day on Friday getting calls from people saying they were not available. We have 25 or 26 players signed on and we managed to get a bare 11, and a substitute who was injured.

“It put people in situations you don’t want to. Aaron Allanson played for 80 minutes when he is only here to help us out for 20 minutes, and we played young Ben Silburn when we are trying to guide him into our team, not force him, but I thought he did well. Nathan Cook played when he had been in bed with flu for two days.

“I felt embarrassed. It was one of the worst matches in terms of organisation since I’ve been manager of Bridlington. As a club, we didn’t sort anything out. Even the medical kit didn’t arrive until 2.45pm. In the end, we were maybe unfortunate to lose, with what we had.

“I’ve asked on numerous occasions for people to come training with us and they haven’t turned up. On Saturday, we had one individual and arranged a lift for him with a supporter but he didn’t turn up. I don’t think we could have done any more.

“People can say what they want and call me what they like but the set-up of the club isn’t right. I would have put my boots on to make up the numbers but the registration deadline had passed.

“The real disappointment is that had we beaten Scarborough a week earlier, we would have still been in with a real chance of the title.

“Liversedge visit us on Saturday and our draw there a few weeks ago is one of the games that cost us. At the time we needed to be at our best, we have lost to Barton, Tadcaster and North Ferriby in recent weeks, and drew at Liversedge. That was the defining point of the season.”

Bridlington v Liversedge kicks off at 3pm at Queensgate on Saturday.