The thoughts of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson after the 2-1 win at Pickering in Tuesday night.
“Great credit to all the players, they all worked very hard against a very good footballing side.
“I thought we were the better side for the first 20 minutes and managed to score the goal and maybe with a bit more composure and quality and maybe ruthlessness we could have had a couple more.
“But gradually Pickering got more and more into the game, they ground us down with possession of the ball, they were young, bright, inventive and their movement was very good, at times we couldn’t get near them and they passed around us and through us.
“Our players showed great character and put their bodies on the line and put tackles in and won headers, we battled to the very end, never gave up and we had our backs against the walls for long periods of the second half,.
“Credit to Mitch Cook and his team they were very good and once again he proves what a very good coach and manager he is and didn’t deserve some of the comments he got after and during the game.
“He spent two years here and brought success and played great entertaining football, some fans need to be careful what they wish for.
“The players are tired physically and mentally, all carrying injuries, they have just put an heroic, magnificent, battling, backs to the wall performance and showing fantastic character, courage and bravery against a very, very good footballing side.”