Cook’s Corner

Thackley v Bridlington town
Thackley v Bridlington town

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook

“LOOKING back at the build up to the game at Thackley, you would have to say a point was a good result. Certainly at 4pm we would have taken a draw.

“Things were against us from the off. Craig Palmer had picked up an injury against Chalk Lane and thought it would be Ok, but it wasn’t.

“Wayne Wallace was unavailable because of something which had been arranged while he was in Australia, and Robbie Hawkes phoned on Saturday morning to say he had been sick all night.

“To make things worse, the players had made their own way to the ground, rather than going by bus like we usually do, and Craig Hogg got lost in the middle of Leeds and the chairman had to go and find him.

“He was late arriving and had to go on the bench. It was a bit of a nightmare.

“We went 2-0 down again, but against Pickering I thought we had a chance of coming back. I couldn’t see it this week, but the lads showed what great character they have got.

“2-0 is a dangerous lead, because the next goal is crucial. At 3-0 the game is gone, but we got back to 2-1 and had all the momentum.

“Hogg produced two great finishes and we could have gone on to win the game.

“I spoke to their manager after the game and he said that when they had lost 5-0 to Scarborough Athletic they had four or five players unavailable.

“They were all back against us and it is another example of circumstances beyond our control.

“However, we have dropped four points against Thackley, three at Maltby and three against Tadcaster.

“It was a busy week last week. I went to see a game on Monday, then on Tuesday I went to watch our FA Vase opponents Gillford Park at Marske.

“They are hard and aggressive, a big team who play a certain way. They are organised and disciplined and work hard.

“We wanted a home draw and were happy we got one, but the Northern League is the best at this level and we wanted to avoid a Northern league opponent if possible.

“When the draw was made, they were 14th, now they are fifth.

“They are obviously in form, and they won at Marske, and a lot of their wins have been away from home.

“Last Wednesday, we played Chalk Lane in the East Riding Senior Cup. Having played Pickering the Saturday before, and seen how they had only just beaten Scarborough Town, who are a league below Chalk Lane, I was expecting them to be good.

“But everything came good for us and we hit it off. We got the early goals we deserved and they couldn’t get near us.

“Very rarely does it go as smoothly as that so it was very pleasing. We gave a few players a rest, and were able to let Darren Rookes have a good half an hour.

“The only disappointment was I wanted double figures and a clean sheet.

“On Thursday, the under 19s had a great result against Scarborough, when our lads played well.

“Very rarely do you see sending-offs at that level, so that was a shame, but it was nice to see our lads settling in to this league. It is a difficult league and they are coping OK.”