‘Better off the pitch than on it’

Bridlington Town v Parkgate
Bridlington Town v Parkgate

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson admitted the quality of the atmosphere off the pitch was better than the standard of football on the pitch during his side’s 3-1 win over Parkgate.

Allanson said: “What a great atmosphere created by the young supporters who have called themselves The Brid Town Ultras, along with our older generation of regular supporters who seem to come together in the ‘Bus Shelter.

“We are getting a good fan base again, hopefully this can continue and the fan base will continue to grow.

“Having said that, the game itself on Saturday was awful, the word ‘ugly’ comes to mind, but being honest I thought it was a lot worse than that, so hopefully these supporters will come back.

“It is difficult when the opposition just come to spoil it and set up not to concede, but we have to be intelligent enough to be able to break them down and stick to our principles and try and play the game the proper way.

“We are trying to create an identity of being a footballing side who pass the ball, create chances and be entertaining. We try to play through the 3thirds at a fast tempo and play through the opposition with quick attacking football and be brave enough and confident to want the ball and play with flair.

“I thought we lost our way on Saturday and our standards dropped and we stopped doing the things we are good at. We didn’t have the movement and creativeness in midfield and up front and we were too static.

“But we won 3-1 and it’s another three points on the board, so overall it was a great result but poor performance.

“Apart from the result being positive, I thought as a team we defended and stuck together really well, especially considering they were experienced and we managed not to concede in the last 10 minutes of a game, but that clean sheet still seems to be a long way off.

“We have some fantastic training sessions and some of the football we play is breathtaking so we know what we are capable, it is just being able to do it on a consistent basis and in a game situation.

“We have players now getting back to fitness, we will hopefully have Ash Allanson and Duka back for Wednesday’s game against Albion Sports as we look to continue our winning streak and look to get five wins on the bounce.

“It is going to be a very difficult game and with other difficult games coming up, it is going to be a real test for us but will also give us a very good insight to where we are at.

“I read many articles on grassroots dying and read non-league clubs are struggling and going out of business, but managers and coaches, along with the chairman of the clubs, have a responsibility to put an entertaining product on the pitch.

“This will make it enjoyable for the players and parents and also have supporters coming through the turnstiles in droves so money will be generated for the club.

“We haven’t had many decent games this season but the two Pickering games come to mind and even though we lost the away fixture it was an enthralling game for all the supporters and there was a real buzz in both games and there was probably supporters who came to that game as their first one and they would have wanted to come back after that because of how good it was and would have caught the bug.

“Also, there were the two Tadcaster games where supporters went home happy and actually enjoyed the afternoon of honest football played by honest players.

“Unfortunately there isn’t many after that that spring to mind.”