Cook’s Corner

Members of the Bridlington Town travel club
Members of the Bridlington Town travel club

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Whitley Bay

“Six Northern league teams have gone through to the next round, and the bookmakers have them all in the top seven favourites to win the FA Vase.

“Bizarrely, once you get past Round Three, it gets slightly easier because it goes national and you have less chance of drawing a Northern League side.

“It is going to have to be a very good side to stop Whitley Bay winning it again. You only have to look at the team they had out.

“A lot of people have said that the scoreline didn’t reflect the game.

“We went there with the knowledge that they were a good side, with quality in the right areas, and that you are not going to get decisions off the officials.

“I am not blaming the referee and linesmen, because it was 5-1, but more of the decisions could have gone our way.The linesman was the only person in the ground who thought it was a penalty.

“I think 5-1 was a harsh result, and I’m not sure if anybody learns anything from a 5-1 defeat, but I am looking for a reaction like we got after we lost to Barton in the FA Cup.

“Hopefully we will learn lessons and although there is nothing we can do about the Whitley Bay game, I want us to bounce back and win the next four or five games like we did after that Barton defeat.

“Before Whitley Bay had scored we could have been two up but look at the fact that ourselves and Tadcaster, who are both top four in our league, have gone there and lost 4-1 and 5-1, and it tells you everything.

“We take heart from the fact we made chances, and I read their match report which said we had the best of the second half.

“At 4-0 it was a case of damage limitation, so we showed good fight and character. We never gave up.

“We have done that in the past, when we went two down to Thackley and Pickering but 4-0 down away at Whitley Bay is too big a mountain for any side.

“I’m certain it would have been a different game if we had played them at Queensgate.

“However the club had a good day out, and the supporters deserve a great deal of credit. The supporters applauded the players off the bus, and I know the result is not insignificant, but they appreciated how we did.

“Winterton will be tough opponents this Saturday. They are always a big, strong team who have a good shape about them.

“Tom Fleming is suspended for two games but Wayne Wallace played two local games at the weekend to get over his injury so he could be considered.

“We are on the lookout for additions but nothing is imminent. No-one wants to come as back up, and you can sign as many players as you want, but if they are not starting, they will just go somewhere else.”