‘Clean sheet was perfect reward for our hard work’

Ryan Nicholls and the rest of Town's defence kept Staveley at bay throughout the game.
Ryan Nicholls and the rest of Town's defence kept Staveley at bay throughout the game.

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson said hard work was the key to his side’s 2-0 win over Staveley Miners Welfare on Saturday.

The Trojans arrived at Queensgate in good form but goals from Joel Sutton and Andy Norfolk sent them back to Derbyshire empty handed.

Allanson told the Free Press: “It was a very gritty performance from us again. Staveley were in good form and had lost only once in their last 10 games and were fifth in the table.

“But we looked organised and disciplined and even though the quality wasn’t there at times, we felt we had the majority of the play and kept them to an absolute minimum, especially considering they had two players on 19 goals each, and they didn’t really threaten us.

“We managed to rest Eddy Birch, as he had only just got back from holiday the night before from Mexico, and Benn Lewis was unavailable, so Paul Wray came in and did really well playing his first game at right back.

“The game was feisty and niggly and frustrations were bubbling but when we are in the position we are, teams want to come and beat you and they raise their game.

“Every game for us is a cup final and is intense and pressurised, but that is something we are learning to deal with and the younger players are learning very quickly and are not getting intimidated as much now.

“As a team once again we worked extremely hard and defended from the front by pressing very quickly. The back five looked very solid and they got the perfect reward with the clean sheet.

“We managed to get Tom Fleming off early in the second half as he was on a booking and we couldn’t afford another red card, so overall we couldn’t have asked for the game to go any better - two goals, a clean sheet and a clean bill of health.”

Next up for Bridlington is a visit from title rivals Tadcaster Albion on Saturday, 3pm kick off.