Town manager: ‘Our players pulled out all the stops’

Bridlington Town v North Ferriby United
Bridlington Town v North Ferriby United

‘A performance full of passion, desire, grit and determination’ was Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson’s assessment of his side’s cup final win.

Town retained the East Riding Senior Cup after beating Conference North new boys North Ferriby United 1-0 in an edgy contest in Hull.

Ferriby's Wayne Brooksby and Town's Benn Lewis

Ferriby's Wayne Brooksby and Town's Benn Lewis

“Full credit to our players who pulled out all the stops. Let’s not fool ourselves either, Ferriby fielded a very strong team and had players who were very experienced at playing a lot higher level, we went toe to toe with them and showed a great resilience not to concede.

“It was a tense final, players didn’t want to make mistakes as one goal was probably going to win it but we kept a great shape and became really difficult to break down and tried to catch them on the counter attack who the pace of our front three younger players, who only had an average age of 19 years old.”

The winning goal came from Joel Sutton, who at 21 was the oldest of Town’s front three, midway through the second half and a dogged defensive display held on to the lead.

Allanson, whose players formed a guard of honour before the game to recognise Ferriby’s promotion to the fifth tier of English football, added: “Our experienced players stood up and led by example, we defended as a team like Trojans. They listened to what we wanted to do and all the players showed great discipline and patience to sit in a shape.

“We haven’t played for two weeks, we have only had two light training sessions and we have had players trying to recover from injuries and illness so when we put everything into context it was an even more brilliant result.

“We asked the players to give everything and they certainly did that, we had five players suffering with cramps and muscle injuries towards the end of the game but that comes from the tremendous effort they put in.

“It was a great and very proud night for all concerned from the chairman, the management staff, the players and the supporters.

“It has been a long, hard season with lots and ups and downs and the younger players will certainly learn from this season and take it into next.”