Cook’s Corner

Tom Lee v Spennymoor Town
Tom Lee v Spennymoor Town

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after their 5-1 FA Vase defeat to Spennymoor Town

“If we had played against an NCEL team on Saturday, that performance would have been good enough to win the game.

“But the scoreline reflects how good Spennymoor were, although it doesn’t show the effort we put in. .

“It was a bit of a pointless exercise really. The winners of the Vase in the past three or four years have come from the Northern League.

“I think one year it supplied all four semi-finalists.

“It is not a fair competition. People might say the FA Cup is not fair, but we are classed as among the top teams at this level, and they were head and shoulders above us.

“Our players went out hoping and wanting to win because that is how they approach every game.

“But we’d had them watched twice and people said to me ‘have you got any wood to board up the goals, because that’s the only way you’ll beat them’ but I can’t go into the changing room and say that to our lads.

“You don’t learn anything from a game like that. You just see that they have better players than you and that Spennymoor Town shouldn’t be at this level.

“Every mistake you make is punished. You make the same mistakes in the league but get away with it.

“Spennymoor were as good a team as you will see at this level. They brought 24 players and about eight staff and all stayed overnight at Scarborough on Friday.

“We were massively disappointed when we drew them. For 20 minutes we did OK, then there was a penalty which wasn’t a penalty.

“The second goal was rank bad defending and then from going in at 2-0 down at half time, like we were against Whitley Bay in the FA Cup, it is 4-0 and it is all about damage limitation.

“All you can say is ‘don’t embarrass yourselves lads’.

“It is out of the way now but we’ve got to be careful it doesn’t affect any of the lads in the league programme. That is my next job.

“Some players might take a week or two to recover, we won’t know until we see them.

“If Spennymoor don’t win the Vase though, there is something wrong.

“Thackley come here on Saturday and they are on a good run. They had a good result in the Vase against Scarborough Athletic last Saturday but we have to get back to the nitty-gritty and carry on with our good run in the league.”