Silly mistakes spoiled Bridlington Town’s East Riding Senior Cup win at Crown for manager Gary Allanson.
He was disappointed with the way his side took their foot of the gas when they went 5-1 up against the Humber Premier League side, which allowed the underdogs to reduce the lead to two goals by full-time.
“We are finding it really difficult to keep a clean sheet at the moment and we are working hard to rectify this,” said Allanson.
“On Saturday, we made very hard work of beating Crown, going in at half time 4-1 up and being very, very comfortable. We made ridiculously silly mistakes which gave the opposition a chance to get into the game and put pressure on ourselves.
“The second half too many players hid and didn’t take responsibility and weren’t accountable for their actions, I take responsibility of making changes too soon which affected us and we lost our shape and organisation, but at 5-1 we should be able to make these changes.
“We have to take into account the amount of games coming up and it was an opportunity to rest some players, but this backfired on us and at times we were playing with eight or nine men in the second half.
“We want to bring young lads through and nurture them but not to the detriment of us becoming an average mid-table team.
“We are still without Ash Allanson, Joel Sutton, Lewis Clarkson, Craig Hogg, Jamie Reeson, Chris Adams, and Duka, who are all injured or unavailable, and we also had Ryan Nicholls and Conner Harman unavailable on Saturday, so we were really struggling.
“Louis Rafter stepped up from the reserves and got a good 30 minutes and could have scored two goals. The door is open for the reserves to step up and push for a place but they must want to commit.
“Terry (Finney) and John (Kenney) are working very hard behind the scenes to make this happen and we are getting five or six travelling through to training, but it is a very big step up and they need to realise this when they get the opportunity.
“We have signed a striker called Andy Norfolk from Goole who was with Rotherham as a professional. He scored on Saturday and looked very sharp and will be a very good addition to us.
“We have also got Paul Wray to return to us from Brigg and he scored two goals on Saturday for us. They both bring an energy and lots of pace to us. We are still looking out for players that will improve us as we want to start climbing the table and bring some success to the club.”