Gary’s Gossip: Red card changed the game

Bridlington Town v Shaw lane
Bridlington Town v Shaw lane

The views of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson after their 3-1 defeat at home to Shaw Lane Aquaforce

“You can plan as much as you want but injuries and unavailability plays a big part and then going down to 10 men for the full second half against an in-form team who are second in the league and are scoring a lot of goals definitely isn’t going to help.

“Players need to think a bit more and take responsibility, it was two silly yellow cards, the referee was being assessed so we all know he is not going to let anything go and is going to be very precise with everything he does.

“We can live with two fouls but getting a second yellow for kicking the ball away is very hard to take and Ashley (Allanson) should know better with his experience.

“I think with 11 players we would definitely have got something from the game, I thought we had some good chances in the first 30 minutes and were deservedly level, they then scored just before half time.

“The second half performance was magnificent and all the players worked their socks off, to the extent where we had more chances and for them to score a last minute goal just rubbed salt in the wounds and was undeserved.

“We are definitely missing a cutting edge in the final third and we need a natural goalscorer to come from somewhere. We have always seemed to have this in previous seasons and it is our missing link at the moment.

“I can’t fault the hard work and endeavour but we need a clinical touch and a presence up front.

“We have four games left in November where hopefully we can pick up some points and start moving up the table and hopefully progress into the next round of the League Cup, then we have a very tough December ahead of us.

“Apart from the Handsworth game away where we had an horrendous first 20 minutes, where we found ourselves 4-0 down, we feel we have competed well against the higher-placed teams, so we are not far away, but in school report terms, shows hard work and effort but could do better.”