Bridlington Town manager reflects on FA Cup win

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The thoughts of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson after Saturday’s FA Cup win at Silsden.

“Very difficult game on Saturday, great result but unfortunately another below par performance following on from the Barton game.

“We were second best to everything and our quality in possession isn’t there at the moment, we can all blame the pitch, conditions, officials but that is the same for both teams so we have to forget about those three elements and concentrate in what we can do ourselves.

“We are lacking in quality on the ball which is the most disappointing thing as I feel this is our strengths, but I also feel we still don’t look fit and sharp enough and maybe that’s our stop-start pre-season we have had.

“But also the players have to take some responsibility for this and do their own fitness regime away from the club and I trust them to be doing this.

“A phrase I like to use a lot is ‘you can’t change the past, but you can shape the future’ this is what we are looking to do with the players we have and hopefully we will get there.

“We have a good group of players, we just have to gel better, work a little harder for each other and believe in each other.

“The support we had on Saturday was fantastic and the players really appreciate it, it was a long journey for all concerned so a big thank you to the supporters for that.

“We have picked up some injuries along the way and players are still recovering from long term injuries so we keep looking for additional players that will add quality to the squad but also fit into our philosophies and ethos and more importantly want to play for Bridlington Town.

“This also includes present players, we will not be a feeder/reserve club to anybody, pay extortionate expenses or be used by players to get fit and move on.

“We have put one seven-day notice into Hall Road Rangers for a player called Ben Kingsley who plays upfront and certainly made an impact on us in the pre-season game.

“He is quick, direct, good finisher and will give us an opportunity to shuffle things round a little and to put pressure on the other strikers, hopefully he should be available this weekend.”