Bridlington Town have added the final pieces of the jigsaw to their squad for this season and manager Gary Allanson believes there is a very positive attitude around the club.
The Seasiders began their programme of pre-season friendlies on Saturday, drawing 3-3 with Hartlepool United’s development squad.
The League Two club’s youngsters raced into a three-goal lead in the first quarter of the game but Bridlington fought back to earn a share of the spoils.
Allanson said: “The game was very entertaining, with lots of chances created and some good football played. Credit to Hartlepool, they played some good stuff and the young lads were a credit to the club with their attitude and application.
“It was our first game so it was an exercise to open the lungs and get the cobwebs blown off, it was hot and humid and the pitch was dry and sticky so the ball didn’t roll well and there were a few short passes.
“Hartlepool were young, fit, energetic and started the game with a real high tempo to their play and went into a 3-0 lead. We looked a little out of sorts but were still creating chances and looked good going forward, but it was three basic mistakes really that caused the goals and put us on the back foot.
“The good thing is we showed great character to come back and we could have actually won it with a couple of free headers that we had, but a draw was a fair result and again it was a really good exercise for the players to get minutes under their belts against a young, energetic and quality team.”
York City, Doncaster Rovers and Hull City are all set to send teams to Queensgate in the next month, and Allanson is happy with the balance of the squad that they will face.
Striker Jamie Reeson signed after scoring in Saturday’s game, despite being hunted by a number of other local teams, and he was joined by Andy Coverdale, who came through the ranks of Hull City and was at Westella last season.
Allanson added: “We got our final two players signed on after the game and this gives a squad of 20 to work with.
“We also have reserves making an effort to get to training now to show what they have to offer.
“The Morritt brothers did well and Josh could have actually won the game for us with a free header. Jamie Reeson did very well in the second half and actually changed the game.
“I was really pleased for him because he has struggled over the last year with injuries and illness , that performance will really boost his confidence.
“It was good to see Joel Sutton back at the club and playing with a smile on his face he is really enjoying his football again.
“Duka was a real threat with his pace all game and Will Waudby looked very accomplished at left-back. Young Tom Waudby and Jake Parker both did well at right-back and Benn Lewis was a rock at centre-back and showed a good understanding with Ryan Nicholls in the second half which gave us a solid foundation to build from.
“The club is in a good place at the minute and there is a real good, positive feeling around the place. We have some good games coming up now for the players to get their match fitness in and get us prepared for the first game of the season.”
Town host a York City XI this Saturday at 3pm and Doncaster Rovers visit Queensgate on Wednesday night.