‘Main’ event to start the season

Bridlington Town fixtures announced
Bridlington Town fixtures announced

MITCH Cook will take Bridlington Town to Maltby Main for his first competitive game at the helm of the Seasiders.

The new manager takes his troops to South Yorkshire for the league season’s opener, before a run of three home matches.

September brings a derby against Scarborough, although this clashes with FA Cup weekend, and the two sides will meet each other in the cup if both win their qualifying matches.

The reverse fixture is in January and other dates to note include a visit from Cook’s former team Pickering on Bonfire Night and a double-header against Winterton Rangers in December.

Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite was not best pleased with the work of the fixture compilers.

He said: “For the third time in four seasons, the league has given us an away game to start.

“I asked if they would give us Scarborough Athletic on the August Bank Holiday but my penalty for asking is to go all the way to Arnold on a day when the M1 will be rammed with traffic.

“We’ve got a home game on Christmas Eve when there will be nobody there, because they will be shopping or getting ready for Christmas.

“And we’ve been drawn away in all four rounds of the FA competitions, so from a financial point of view it couldn’t be much worse.”

Despite the backlog of fixtures last season, caused by the harsh winter, the league has only arranged one midweek date early in the season, although Town do have ties against Hall Road in the League Cup on August 9 and at Pickering in the President’s Cup on September 13.

Full fixture list in tomorrow’s Free Press.

THIS Saturday sees the Seasiders’ pre-season programme get underway.

Stocksbridge Park Steels are the visitors to Queensgate, kick off is at 3pm.