‘The honeymoon is over’ warns Bridlington Town boss

Bridlington Town
Bridlington Town

Bridlington Town have brought in four new players after a winless September.

Strikers Tyler Collishaw, Jarrod Smalley and Tom Chippendale have all returned to Queensgate, along with keeper James Hitchcock, as manager Gary Allanson admitted ‘the honeymoon is over’ for his young squad.

Town drew 1-1 at Parkgate on Saturday, having already bowed out of the FA Cup and FA Vase this month.

Allanson said: “It was a poor game against Parkgate, really poor quality from both teams. They were very direct and had quick forwards and used this to their advantage and put us under pressure.

“Two games a week is really taking its toll again. Ash Allanson, Tom Fleming, Nathan White and Chris Jenkinson are all injured long term and this is a big blow for us with the influence and experience they offer.

“Players we have brought in through the summer have found it really difficult to get used to the commitment you have to have at this level and are starting to drift away back to local football.

“We have managed to bring in another goalkeeper in James Hitchcock and also signed Jarrod Smalley, Tom Chippendale and Tyler Collishaw.

“There are some big clubs in our league this season, really putting a lot of finances into their clubs. Jonathon Greening at Tadcaster is an unbelievable signing as was Lee Hendrie for Basford last season, it is starting to become an uncompetitive league and players don’t want to play in games where they are getting battered 6, 7 and 8-0.

“We are finding it really difficult to attract players at the minute, but also to keep them.

“The honeymoon is over where we look for excuses of too young, inexperienced, developing and the players need to take some responsibility and stand up and be counted. We are all feeling sorry for ourselves at the moment and we are in a rut of self-pity.”

Town host Albion Sports tonight at Queensgate, kick off is at 7.45pm.