Town boss ‘gutted’ after Tadcaster’s late winner

Town's Tom Fleming tussles with Tadcaster Albion's Jonathan Greening
Town's Tom Fleming tussles with Tadcaster Albion's Jonathan Greening

The thoughts of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson, after his side conceded an injury time winner to Tadcaster Albion.

We are still absolutely gutted, to concede in the 95th minute after the players had worked really, really hard in awful conditions.

Town's Eddy Birch v Tadcaster Albion

Town's Eddy Birch v Tadcaster Albion

I think the very least we deserved was a point, but that’s football. It won’t be the first or the last time it will happen and we have to dust ourselves down and pick ourselves up again.

We switched off for one minute and we gave silly possession away around their penalty box. We then conceded a daft throw-in and made it very easy for them to keep the ball, we didn’t close down in midfield and we switched off on the back post so they could get an easy header in.

There was a question of offside but was very difficult to see from the dugout. It was a real sickener and the lads were absolutely crushed.

It will be a real learning curve for the players, especially the younger ones and they won’t want that feeling they had after the game again.

Town's Chris Jenkinson loses out to Gregg Anderson.

Town's Chris Jenkinson loses out to Gregg Anderson.

The game was like the weather, really awful, both teams cancelled each other out and there was no real quality from either team, which was a real shame considering the players that were on show.

I have the utmost respect for Billy Millar and the staff and players he has brought to the club and I am sure they will canter to the title now and start moving through the leagues at a fast pace.

They have some high quality, very experienced players in the team, a great structure at the club and a very good budget to attract the top players.

We managed to go toe to toe with them and probably had the better of the second half, but a draw would have been a fair result, I think.

Town's Andy Norfolk v Tadcaster Albion

Town's Andy Norfolk v Tadcaster Albion

But we can’t complain and we need to move on, they are a very good side and they have said that we were the best team by far they have played this season, which was good to hear.

You learn more from defeats and at times you reflect on yourself, whether we made the right substitutions, at the right time.

Could we have changed things tactically quicker? Did we have the correct starting 11?

You ask yourself lots of questions but the main one is can you look yourself in the mirror and say to that reflection looking back at you I gave it 100%, and I honestly believe that every one of our players and the staff did that on Saturday.

I think it was a little naivety that cost us on in the end, we will become a better team from this I am sure.