Attacking ambition pays off for Lewis

Benn Lewis in the opposition penalty area against Clipstone last weekend.
Benn Lewis in the opposition penalty area against Clipstone last weekend.

Benn Lewis is becoming the man in the right place at the right time when Bridlington Town need a goal.

The full back scored twice at Cleethorpes on Wednesday night, as the Seasiders moved to the top of the NCEL Premier Division with a 2-0 win.

Bridlington Town v Pickering Town

Bridlington Town v Pickering Town

The double took Lewis’ tally for five for the season, after he had vowed to hit the net more often after only scoring once in 2014/15.

He said: “With me only scoring one goal last year, this year I wanted to try contribute more for the team in an attacking sense.

“This year I have been more ambitious which has resulted in more goals for the team when we have needed them most. It’s good to see all of our hard work starting to pay off and long may it continue.”

Lewis also scored the winner at Clipstone earlier in the month, and his strikes at Cleethorpes, including a 25-yard volley, took Town above Handsworth Parramore at the head of the table, as Worksop Town were only able to draw at Albion Sports.

“When my first goal went in, it took a bit of pressure off us, as we where a bit under the cosh,” admitted Lewis.

“When my second fell to me and I saw it hit the back of the net I was excited that I scored but also relieved that our hard work during the game was about to pay off.

“I wasn’t aware that Worksop had drawn at the time so when I found out we were top of the league I was over the moon with every single player and staff with what we’re achieving.

“As you can see from our recent performances, we’ve all stuck together through the difficult parts of the games, putting our bodies on the line every time the opponents have tried to score and never given up, which has made us go on an 12 game unbeaten run.

“I put this down to the belief that Gary (manager Gary Allanson) and the rest of the coaching staff have given us to make us realise what good players we are and what we can go on to achieve.

“We were going through a bit of a rough patch at the beginning of the season and they have stuck with us which we can’t thank them enough.”