‘I hope I never have to witness these scenes again’

Town celebrate Craig Hogg's opening goal, long before the trouble flared.
Town celebrate Craig Hogg's opening goal, long before the trouble flared.

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson was left appalled by the scenes of crowd violence which marred Bridlington Town’s 3-2 win over Athersley Recreation on Saturday.

Fighting broke out on both sides of the pitch after the visitors were reduced to 10 men following a scuffle in the goalmouth as they tried to get the ball back to the centre circle after their second goal.

Allanson said: “I would love to be saying what a great, hard, competitive game where our players have worked their socks off, battled, stood up and didn’t get intimidated.

“We have had a great win which took us to 11 games unbeaten, and I would love to be talking about the fantastic attitude our players showed and how hard they worked for each other.

“But I can’t.

“Instead of celebrating a fantastic win and celebrating keeping our unbeaten record going, it has been totally overshadowed by some mindless behaviour which should never, ever be seen at any level of football, never mind ours.

“We promote a family-run club where fathers and mothers can bring their sons and daughters for good entertainment and mix without fear with the opposition fans and have some fun and good banter.

“Today the line was crossed in a massive way and that is wrong and unacceptable.

“Some supporters have let the club down in a big way today as well as the chairman, who was very upset, myself and the players.

“That’s my say, hope I never have to witness these scenes ever again.”