Agnew era off to a winning start in Vase

Brid Town caretaker boss and assistant Anthony Bowsley celebrate the Vase win against Consett
Brid Town caretaker boss and assistant Anthony Bowsley celebrate the Vase win against Consett

Bridlington Town caretaker boss Brett Agnew was delighted with his side’s shock FA Vase win at home to Consett after an extra-time thriller at Queensgate.

The visitors had won all nine of their previous league and cup matches heading into the second qualifying round game on Saturday, and were strong favourites to make it into double figures at Brid.

Agnew, in his first game in the hot seat at Town, having taken over due to the resignation of Curtis Woodhouse, saw his side put in a tremendous defensive display to take the game to extra-time and won thanks to a first goal of the season for Jake Day in the opening period of extra-time.

The Seasiders have been drawn away to another Northern League side, Sunderland RCA, in the first round proper on October 13.

The caretaker boss said: “We couldn’t have made a better start than that.

“I just asked the lads to enjoy their football again.

“That’s no disrespect to Curtis as sometimes it just happens in football.

“A lot of people wrote us off before the game and I like that as we can go and prove people wrong.”

Agnew has already started re-shaping his squad, with veteran midfielder Terry Barwick and striker Shaq Mackenzie leaving the club, and players from the reserves and County team being integrated into training sessions.

Agnew added: “I want the club to be working together, the better players from the reserve will be in with first-team at training.”

Andy Norfolk has also been appointed as Town skipper in place of Jake Day as Agnew wants his striker to concentrate on hitting the goal trail.

“I decided to take the captaincy off Jake as I’ve been in the same situation when I was made skipper here and I had a few games without scoring”, he added.

“I’ve made Andy Norfolk captain as this will free Jake up to concentrate on his role as a forward.”