BRIDLINGTON Town manager Mitch Cook hailed his team for keeping calm in front of a derby day crowd of more than 800, to seal a 3-1 win over Scarborough Athletic.
Two strikes from former Boro striker Craig Hogg, who had said on Twitter that his pre-match preparations were disrupted because of a sleepless night with his poorly young daughter, set Town on their way.
Ash Allanson grabbed the other goal and The Seasiders were cruising at 3-0 by the time new signing Stuart Rice was sent off, 60 seconds into his debut.
Cook said: “I thought it was a bit more timid than I had expected it would be. The sending off livened it up a bit, and the red card was a bit unfortunate.
“Rice had only just come on and he could have gone down after he got a punch to the head in the melee afterwards.
“We were in control of the game without playing that well. But we know we have good quality players and we scored good goals, and even when we only had 10 men, we still created chances.
“Before the game, we reminded the lads they would be playing in front of a bigger crowd than usual and they must not get overawed, but they kept calm.
“Being born in Scarborough and living there, the result means more to me, but I’m managing Bridlington and I’m more concerned that we can go top of the league if we win our games in hand.
“We have again beaten a side that will probably be pushing for honours, and halfway through the season we go into the New Year in a good position. Our destiny is in our own hands.”
Defender Craig Palmer added: “The atmosphere in the dressing room is unbelievable. We are buzzing. “The players who have been here a few years obviously know how much this fixture means.
“From one to 11, every one of us worked our socks off today, and it is always good to test yourself against good players, like those in the Scarborough team.
“After the Winterton defeat, we needed a result, and we played 100 times better today.”