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Steve Lyons v Brighouse Town

Steve Lyons v Brighouse Town

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The views of Bridlington Town boss Gary Allanson after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brighouse

“ANOTHER hard game on Saturday and credit to Brighouse and Mark Briers, their manager.

“They have a very good set up down there and play the game like it should be played.

“It was a very entertaining and open game and I can’t fault the players with the work and effort they put in, they worked their socks off for each other.

“At the moment we are missing a little bit of quality in the final third and we are getting punished for little mistakes we make, but there will be no panicking as we have enough quality players to turn things around.

“Unfortunately every team that come to play us want to beat us because we are the reigning champions so every one of our games is a cup final.

“That is credit to all the staff and players of what we have achieved over the past three years in building the reputation of this club back up again.

“Matt Plummer and Nick McNamara have moved to clubs at a higher level, Bradford Park Avenue and Histon and I have always said I will not stand in any players way if they want to better themselves.

“They have shown a great attitude and if things don’t go well they have promised to come back to us.

“We have used over 30 players already this season and have lost 16 quality players that we are trying to replace, four with work or family commitments, four Scarborough lads who went to Pickering, three have gone abroad, two have moved to higher level teams, one moved of his own accord, two suffered injury and we have three coming back from long term injury.

“We still have only lost two league games and are sitting third with games in hand and still in three cups, one of which is at the semi-final stage, so we are still having a good season considering all the upheaval we have had to contend with.

“Hopefully we can now get a settled squad, have a bit more luck which will give us a bit more confidence and start getting more wins under our belts.

“We now have a very hectic games programme with two games a week probably for the remainder of the season so it is going to be a very difficult next few months

“But we are confident of doing well and bringing success again, hopefully the supporters will get behind the players and encourage them all through the bad games as well as the good games.”