Five-goal derby blitz shocks Town boss

Scott Phillips celebrates after putting the Seasiders 2-1 ahead against Tadcaster on Saturday. Better there was better to come for the fans on Tuesday night.
Scott Phillips celebrates after putting the Seasiders 2-1 ahead against Tadcaster on Saturday. Better there was better to come for the fans on Tuesday night.

BRIDLINGTON Town manager Gary Allanson has admitted his side’s second half display against Scarborough Athletic took him by surprise.

After an even and goalless first half, the Seasiders ran riot after the break, scoring five times – when Allanson had told them one might be enough to clinch the points.

He said: “At half time we said one goal would win it. But it was tight it could have gone either way.

“The result was something we never expected.”

His team blew that theory apart within three minutes of the second period, as they scored two quick-fire goals.

“It was a real team effort, everyone did fantastically and worked hard.

“Although some of the goals came from Scarborough mistakes, the mistakes came from us pressing them. Five, six or seven games ago, we wouldn’t have done that.”

And Allanson admiited that although he wants his team to continue playing attractive football, they have added other elements to their game.

“After the way we played last season, a lot of teams come and want to stop us playing. We have had to change the way we operate.

“We put them under pressure, got the ball back as quickly as we could. At the beginning of the season we stood off teams more.

“Earlier in the season, if Tom Fleming had been injured, we would have felt sorry for ourselves and used it as an excuse. Now everybody is in it together and while we will enjoy this result, it means nothing if we don’t perform at Lincoln on Saturday.”