COOK’S CORNER: The views of Mitch Cook

Mark Wilberforce saves a penalty at Parkgate.
Mark Wilberforce saves a penalty at Parkgate.

The Bridlington Town manager discusses the 3-1 win at Parkgate and the 2-1 home defeat by Tadcaster Albion.

“WITH it being my 50th birthday on Saturday, I had a good weekend, made all the better by the lads with their result at Parkgate.

“There are some games you know are going to be tough, and with this being first v second, we knew they would be up for it.

“However, I thought our first half performance silenced them and we were clinical in everything we did, all over the pitch.

“Even at the top level, people talk about having a good goalie, and Saturday was Mark Wilberforce’s day.

“We were one up and they had hardly had a sniff before they got the penalty. But he saved it, we went down the other end and scored and it was 2-0 when it could have been 1-1.

“The sending off in the second half was ridiculous by the Parkgate player. It was topical because it was Wayne Rooney-esque and the referee did exactly the same thing.

“To some extent the old adage of it being harder to play against 10 men came true, because we seemed to back off but then we got the third goal.

“Credit to Parkgate they put us under pressure in the last 20 minutes.

“Ash Allanson said afterwards we were disappointed because of the last 20 minutes, but if we are going to Parkgate and winning 3-1 and are still disappointed, it shows the levels we have set ourselves.

“For me the result was a nice birthday present.

“But on Tuesday against Tadcaster, everything conspired against us.

“The first goal was deflected, then they had a penalty which wasn’t a penalty. Their keeper made two great saves and we missed other good chances.

“At the end of the game they celebrated like they had won the World Cup, singing and dancing, but it shows we are a big scalp.

“I don’t think we were rubbish, but we were disappointed with the performance.

“Tadcaster had strong, mobile forwards, midfielders who were decent players and they were solid at the back.

“Add to that the saves their keeper made and you see they have a good squad, who will be near the top at the end of the season.

“A win would have put us four points clear but it seemed everything was against us from the off.

“We go to Dinnington in the FA Vase on Saturday, and will go there in the right frame of mind.

“Tom Fleming is supended, Nathan Cook is struggling and Lee Wright is working.”