Cook’s Corner

Long Eaton United v Bridlington Town
Long Eaton United v Bridlington Town

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after the 3-1 win at Long Eaton United

“WE won and that was the main thing. It was not vintage but it was enough to get the points.

“Nothing was condusive to how we want to play, but the state of the pitch was the same for both teams and we will not use that as an excuse.

“We went a goal down, as we tend to, after dominating possession, but then we went up and scored two very good goals and then got a third really good goal in the second half.

“We had Nathan Cook back in midfield. He had been for two sessions with a physio and he showed us how to get his ankle strapped well for the game. He managed to get through it but we will have to wait and see how it reacts.

“Tom Fleming served the last of his four game suspension, but over the four games we have done enough, except against Tadcaster.

“Tom is club captain though and even though we have got results in his absence, it will be good to be back to full strength.

“Wayne Wallace’s international clearance has come through and he will probably be in the squad for Saturday, although he will only be with us until January.

“Games are piling up, so people are going to get time on the pitch. People will be unavailable for midweek games with work commitments and players picking up knocks.

“November will be a busy month, the East Riding Senior Cup starts next week and we want to progress in that. We are only one game away from the semi-finals of the President’s Cup, we want to progress in the FA Vase and we need to stay at the top, or near the top, in the league.

“However, we would much rather have it that way, with games coming thick and fast.

“My former team Pickering come to Queensgate on Saturday. We had someone watch them last week and only one of the players was there when I was in charge.

“They are a magnificent little club, who do brilliantly at this level, with small resources but some really hard-working people.

“The lads went for a night out in Hull after the game on Saturday, and things like that are helping. We all travel down together and it is creating the team spirit.

“Although I have never known a team with great spirit that gets beaten every week. Good results and good team spirit always go hand in hand.”