Man of the match Hitchcock: ‘The whole team played well’

James Hitchcock claims a cross against North Ferriby
James Hitchcock claims a cross against North Ferriby

Cup final man of the match James Hitchcock insisted Bridlington Town’s win at the KCom Stadium was a team effort.

The goalkeeper made a stunning save in each half to deny North Ferriby frontman Wayne Brooksby, as the underdogs won 1-0 in the East Riding Senior Cup final.

“The first one was a decent save, the second one was a free kick which bounced right in front of me and I thought I did well to keep that one out,” Hitchcock said.

“The whole team played well and Jenks and Ryan (defenders Chris Jenkinson and Ryan Nicholls) did a great job in front of me, like they have done all season.

“It was definitely one of my best games for Bridlington, but everyone was brilliant. It is such a massive pitch, I’m just glad I only boot the ball down the pitch and watch the other 10 do all the running.”

Hitchcock was part of last year’s winning team, when Bridlington beat Hull United 4-1, but he said Wednesday night’s success was a bigger achievement.

“Last night topped last year,” he said. “The opposition were better and the game was closer. From the first minute to the last minute, we had to be on our toes and I don’t think there ws a single lapse in concentration from anybody.

“It’s a great occasion for the club and all the players.”

With two East Riding Senior Cup winners medals in his collection, the keeper is keen to go one step further in 2017.

“With the squad we have, we can push for the league title next season,” Hitchcock added.