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

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after the 2-1 win over Long Eaton United

“After our Parkgate defeat, I said every game now was a cup final, and how often do you see a thrilling cup final?

“Put yourself in Long Eaton’s boots. They had lost two home games, they are safe from relegation, they had new players trying to impress. They had nothing to lose.

“Our front five players are not ones who are going to put tackles in, but to see them helping us to grind out a result was exactly what we needed.

“Teams are not going to come here and lie down. It is not going to be all pretty and lovely.

“We have got to be careful and you can feel the frustration from the crowd. The players hear it. They get frustrated with each other then and nobody wants to be the one who makes a mistake.

“We have to compose ourselves and relax. We got the three points, it’s another game out of the way.

“If I was a betting man, I would bet that most of our games are going to be like that.

“We had Wilberforce, Fleming, Palmer, Jenkinson and Hawkes all missing and all five would have been in the squad. Nathan Cook had been in bed with flu all week but he had to play because we were so short.

“There were a lot of things in the result which pleased me.

“We want to play well every week, but we simply need the three points.

“I was delighted for Paul Fraser, who had a great game. Frank Belt got him out of trouble in the first half and there was a misunderstanding for their goal but he did everything we asked of him and made some good saves.

“Paul has accepted his role this year. It’s great for us to know that he is there when we need him. He’s great to have around the changing room, has good banter and gets on well with everybody.

“However, he was really, really nervous before the game on Saturday and everybody was pleased for him.

“We know what awaits us at Pickering because of my connections, the team will want to beat us, so will the manager, the committee, the supporters and even the bloke behind the bar.

“We have played them twice so far, in the cup we were 3-0 up at half time and only won 3-2 and at Queensgate they ripped us to bits in the first half.

“They have stengthened the squad well recently and got a good experienced manager.”