Cook’s Corner

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The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after Saturday’s 3-1 win against Winterton.

“WE HAVE to be happy after Saturday because we put the FA Vase result behind us.

“WInterton had a great result last Wednesday against Tadcaster and we knew that playing them back-to-back would be tough.

“I’m not keen on these back-to-back fixtures, although everyone is doing it this weekend, but we could have had two games against Winterton and then two against Scarborough, before they changed the fixtures.

“Thankfully, there was nothing from last Saturday which might boil over to this weekend.

“The result was better when you consider two of our four regular midifielders were missing.

“But Martin Thacker has come back to do a job and give us a bit of experience, which will help some of the younger players like Nathan Cook and Josh Greening.

“In an hour on Saturday he did a really good job and didn’t give the ball away and kept it simple, exactly what we asked of him. He can also deliver quality from set pieces and we saw that for the second goal.

“James Bennett has gone. We got an email through from North Ferriby wanting to put seven days in for him.

“With them being in a higher league, and it being obvious they had been talking to him, it was clear it was a done deal.

“James went to Guiseley for a trial at the beginning of the season but it didn’t work out then and he came back.

“The chairman looked after him when he came back and he has been a regular starter for me.

“I’m disappointed to lose a good player but I understand his reasoning and we will just get on with things.

“Against Winterton we took Billy Logan out of the firing line because we have been asking him to play in a position he is not used to but he is very versatile.

“Winterton, like a lot of teams, are going to want to stop us playing, but we are very difficult to stop, and we have Craig Hogg up front and he has scored 34 goals just in the league in this calendar year.

“We are not relying on him for goals but he is such a good goalscorer.

“I’m sure this weekend’s game will be different because so many teams at this level are better at home.

“Look at Barton who beat Scarborough Athletic on Saturday. We have been there twice this season and not won, yet we beat them in the league 4-0 at Queensgate.

“However, coming up to Christmas, we are in control of our own fate.”