Town boss: ‘We need a ruthless streak’

Cleethorpes Town 1 Bridlington Town 1

Cleethorpes Town 1 Bridlington Town 1

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The thoughts of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson after the 1-1 draw at Cleethorpes Town on Saturday.

“To be honest we looked tired and lethargic for the first 20 or 25 minutes and were really hanging on. Cleethorpes were very direct and their front four were very good, their pace and movement were causing us problems.

“But we hung on with our back five holding strong and putting their bodies on the line and blocking everything. We kept battling and as Darren Hemmings said, we kept ourselves in the arm wrestle, but our arm was nearly touching that table.

“We started to get a foot hold in the game and we managed to get a goal on the half hour and we started to create chances, unfortunately we conceded just before half time which was really frustrating for us because it was very preventable and we had turned the corner.

“I really think if we could have held on to 1-0 at half time we would have won the game as the second half we were the better side and created some very good chances, but we need a ruthless streak in us as this was a winnable game in the end and it showed as their goalkeeper got man of the match after making some great saves.

“We have a great spirit and togetherness at the club now and this is based from the top with the management team where Andy Foster, Darren Hemmings, Danny Brunton and myself have a great relationship, total trust and support for each other.

“We then have the experienced players of Tom Fleming, Ash Allanson and Chris Jenkinson who filter down our thoughts to the players. Andy and Darren have great contacts in the area and beyond and have great knowledge of the game and are well respected, they have attracted some very good young players to the club and the players have followed them because they respect them both.

“They wanted to join an ambitious club with great facilities, play at a higher level, looking to learn and develop further and get well looked after.

“One player who always seems to go under the radar is Alex Knaggs, he hardly gets a mention from other clubs, but he has done magnificent for us, shows a great attitude, always listens and is improving with every game and is one of the first names on our team sheet.

“All this will enable us to build a great structure and foundation for the coming seasons and build a new freshness into the way we work. We are already starting to put things into place ready for next season so we can keep the momentum going and we are in a very good place compared to last season.

“Another mention to the Brid Town Ultras who organised their own min bus and driver to get them to the game on Saturday and created a fantastic atmosphere again.

“Maybe tone down a little on the language, but a fantastic effort made by them, so much so the players have had a collection for them to put towards the minibus hire which is a great gesture from the players and shows how much they appreciate their support.”