Manager hails win as Town’s best

Handsworth Parramore 2 Bridlington Town 4
Handsworth Parramore 2 Bridlington Town 4

Manager Gary Allanson described the 4-2 win at Handsworth Parramore ‘by far the best performance from a Bridlington Town side since I have been at the club’.

He said: “It was a very hard fought game, a toe-to-toe contest. We were under a lot of pressure at times, especially the second half where they had the wind at their backs, and they had three 6ft-plus players up front but we showed unbelievable character to hold on but also to take the game to them and cause them lots of problems.

“They couldn’t live with our front three, with their pace and their clever movement but also their work ethic. They didn’t give them any time on the ball and the three had an average age of 18-and-a-half.

“The whole team had an average age of 21 on Saturday but played with a maturity well beyond their years. Chris Jenkinson and Tom Fleming who were the only players over 24 but both were absolutely fantastic on the day and led by example and looked after and protected the younger players.

“Every player was absolutely magnificent and all played their part in a brilliant, brilliant performance and considering the players they were up against, Benn Lewis and Alex Knaggs were exceptional along with James Hitchcock who came under a lot of pressure when they were bombarding our area in the second half.

“He made some great, brave saves and took a lot of crosses which took the pressure off us.

“Nick Baxter takes a lot of credit for this and the work he has been doing in training with James and how he warms him up before games and gets him prepared.

“We had done a lot of preparation for the game through the week and spent a lot of time putting things together and worked on things at training. We knew what Handsworth’s strengths were but we also knew their weaknesses.

“Because of the time and effort we had put into the preparation and the way the players listened and carried out the instructions, this was by far the best performance from a Bridlington Town side since I have been at the club,

“I cannot praise the performance highly enough.”