Boss pleased with Seasiders’ progress so far

Chris Jenkinson after his goal
Chris Jenkinson after his goal

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson was pleased with the way his young squad is progressing, after their 3-0 FA Cup win over Northallerton.

He said it was ‘a very good, hard working, professional performance’ which ground down the opposition.

“We knew they had watched us two or three times so we changed our system slightly so we could dominate possession better and we felt that worked, especially the first 20 minutes where we created chances,” said Allanson.

“The game then went into a lull up to half time and it became scrappy and uneventful as they changed to counteract our system and put an extra man in midfield, but this left them with only one man up front so they didn’t create anything and we found it difficult to break them down.

“We told the players at half time to stay patient but move the ball quicker and they listened fully and put that into place and we broke them down frequently with our pace and intelligence with the ball and we felt we finished the game very comfortable with three great goals being scored and a clean sheet.

“We are still in transition with players still getting to know each other and used to playing with each other, but this season we have an energy about us and lots of pace where we can hurt teams, add that to the experienced players we have who have taken up the responsibility and grabbed it with both hands and are guiding, encouraging and advising the young players, we have a really good mix at the moment.

“The backroom staff are working really hard behind the scenes and we speak frequently and are always questioning and challenging each other so we get the best solution for the team to move forward.”

Last Thursday the Bridlington Town Under 21 side entertained Harrogate Town Under 21s at Queensgate in a game that the home side won 5-0.

Chris Adams scored twice with further goals from Benn Lewis, Jordan Organ and Declan Corlyon.

Bridlington led 4-0 at half time but the changes made in the second half were a leveller.

Harrogate boss Mike Bligh was very complimentary of the home side’s facilities, hospitality and level of competition.

A return fixture at Harrogate has been arranged to take place before Christmas.