Cook’s Corner

Bridlington Town v Whitley Bay
Bridlington Town v Whitley Bay

The views of Bridlington Town boss Mitch Cook after the FA Cup defeat to Whitley Bay

“YOU can never be pleased after you get beaten but in the context of this tie, it was a good performance.

“We didn’t expect to win, especially after going 2-0 down.

“I didn’t think we warranted being two behind but they took the chances they had.

“However, we gave it a right go in the second half and we were unfortunate not to get something from the game.

“Things didn’t go our way with some of the decisions but, as difficult as it is at times, you have to accept them.

“We changed things at half time.

“Tom Richardson was struggling with a groin injury and we brought Mark Barber on, knowing he could do the holding role which would let other midfielders go forward more.

“In Nathan Cook, Tom Fleming and Scott Phillips, you then have three powerful lads looking to get into the box.

“I know it was Whitley Bay’s first competitive game but I’m pleased we looked fitter and stronger than them.

“After we scored, there only looked like one team who would score again, but it didn’t quite go for us.

“However, there was plenty to take out of the game.

“It is disappointing that Tuesday night’s game against Pickering had to be postponed because of their FA Cup replay because the lads felt they had shown what they could do and they were keen to push on.

“It was good to have Billy Logan back. He did brilliantly considering he didn’t get back off his holiday until Friday lunchtime because the flight was delayed, and you can imagine he didn’t have much sleep during his week away.

“But he strengthened us and Eddie Cass was less nervous than in his first game.

“He is only 18 and he is getting better and stronger and as a team, and a club, we need to help and support young players like him.

“One disappointment was the crowd on Saturday, it was especially disappointing for the chairman to see so few home fans.

“We travel to Winterton on Saturday and at this early stage of the season, all games are difficult.

“I’m not sure if many teams will have four first-team regulars away like we’ve had. Everybody wants to kick off flying, but a little bit of patience is needed.

“The lads know they put in a decent performance last week and that will give them confidence and we will look to take that on.

“We will get stronger.”