Cook’s Corner

Chris Batchelor v Thackley FC
Chris Batchelor v Thackley FC

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after last weekend’s 4-1 win over Thackley.

“We knew about Thackley, they were on a six or seven-game unbeaten run and they’d had a good result in the FA Vase against Scarborough Athletic, so it was a case of two good sides playing good football.

“We deserved to win but you have to give credit to them, they played well. I think they will be top five or six at the end of the season.

“Their goalkeeper was outstanding in the first half and Mark Wilberforce made a couple of good saves too, including a terrrific one in the last minute.

“It was 0-0 at half time but we could have been three or four up with a bit of luck.

“They had chances too but I believe our strikers could get 100 goals between them again this season.

“It will be very rare for all three of them to have an off day together.

“I believe we have a strong squad. Apart from Wayne Aziz and Chris Jenkinson at centre half and the goalkeeper, the rest of the players are versatile and can play in a number of different positions and roles.

“We made three changes to the team and I know those not in the starting 11 will be disappointed.

“At this level, everybody wants to play every week and my job is to pick a side to win each game.

“Tom Lee and Scott Phillips were superb when they came on and helped us to keep momentum, against a team who came to us in-form.

“We should have been playing Scarborough Athletic this weekend, but the league has moved that game to Boxing Day now, so we find ourselves without a game for two weeks.

“It’s annoying to have such a long gap, but it could be a blessing because we had five or six players who would have been unavailable to face Scarborough.

“Billy Logan, Nathan Cook and Josh Greening would all have been away, Mark Wilberforce might have had to work and Wayne Aziz still has problems with his shoulder and Ash Allanson has an ankle injury.

“Nathan’s knee is still troubling him too.

“When you are winning, and playing like we did at the weekend, you want to keep playing, otherwise you can lose your momentum.

“But maybe it is good we are not facing Scarborough this weekend.

“I’ll probably go and watch two matches this midweek and we will be training on Thursday and I may go to watch Barton Town against Tadcaster on Saturday, before we play them in our next game.”