Bridlington learn plenty from Leeds United defeat

New signing Mike Thompson v Leeds United u21s
New signing Mike Thompson v Leeds United u21s

After a disappointing 0-0 draw at Hall Road Rangers in their opening friendly last Tuesday, Bridlington manager Gary Allanson was able to find more positives from Saturday’s Leeds United defeat.

The Seasiders were beaten 6-3 by the Championship club’s under 21s side, having gone in level at 2-2 at half-time.

Brett Agnew v Leeds United u21s

Brett Agnew v Leeds United u21s

Allanson said: “I thought the game on Saturday told us a few more stories about the players we have.

“First half, I thought we held our own against a fit, young team and were unlucky to go in level.

“We made a lot of changes at half time and I think that showed as we lost a bit of shape and discipline but this is what pre-season is all about.

“It’s about getting match time and minutes under the belt for the players and gives us an opportunity of looking at players playing in different positions and enabling us to play different systems.

“At our level we have to accept players go away on holiday and we have to try and manage this.

“Leeds had been back for three weeks and had been training full time so it was inevitable that their fitness would kick in.

“We also need to remember that their players from the Academy play week in, week out against the top young players in the country and they had a few trialists in who were desperate to make an impression as they are looking for a contract.

“Our aim before the game was to be braver on the ball and pass the ball better with quality, I think we achieved that.

“We created a lot more chances then Tuesday night, we scored goals and could have had more, we passed it better so overall it was a good game, plenty of goals, great weather, decent-sized crowd and hopefully they will want to come back and watch us on a regular basis.

“It was good that no players picked up injuries and they got more minutes under their belts.

“We have another five games left now with training sessions in between, so the players will still work hard and we will continue to fine tune so we are ready for the long season ahead.”

Bridlington are due to play Westella and Willerby in a friendly on Wednesday night, while National League newcomers North Ferriby United are Saturday’s visitors to Queensgate (kick off3pm) in a repeat of May’s East Riding Senior cup final.

Sheffield United send their Academy side to Bridlington next Wednesday, July 27 (kick off 7:45pm).

The NCEL is hoping to reveal its 2016/17 Premier Division fixtures in the next few days but admitted ‘there are still a number of issues to resolve’.