Cook’s Corner

Barton's Danny Brunton and Town's Nathan Cook
Barton's Danny Brunton and Town's Nathan Cook

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after the 3-1 win over Barton Town, and ahead of two cup games in four days.

“They didn’t use two wingers like they normally do and went man for man in midfield and they had some success with that in the first half.

“We hadn’t played for two weeks, we started off sloppily and they got their tactics right.

“A few words were spoken at half time and we got things sorted.

“The front three were disappointing in the first half. I thought the midfield did OK and the back four were OK but the strikers weren’t firing, it just wasn’t happening for them.

“However, I know that even when they are not playing well, there are still goals in them.

“I could have taken any of them off, but I decided to put Scott Phillips on for Craig Hogg because I wanted a bit more pace up there with Josh Greening.

“Scott has done well when he has come on and he did it again. He has got his frustrations because he is not starting but that is natural.

“In the end, we found ourselves 3-0 up in the 90th minute against a very good Barton team. They are where they are in the league table because they are a good side and they will cause other top sides problems.

“Yet we were comfortable against them without playing particularly well.

“The biggest disappointment was not keeping the clean sheet, but Mark Wilberforce had made a couple of good saves, and one outstanding one.

“He often has weeks where he doesn’t have a lot to do but needs to keep his concentration and he is a very good goalie.

“We have to realise that when you are top of the league, everyone wants to beat you and there was the added fact that Barton have a number of our former players.

“On Saturday, Mike Jones played for Hessle Rangers and scored twice when they beat Bridlington Sports Club and Craig Palmer scored the winner for Beverley Town.

“Craig will play for us at Heanor in the League Cup this week and may be involved against Sculcoates in the East Riding Senior Cup on Saturday, or he may play for our reserves.

“At Heanor, we will have Wilberforce, Lee, Phillips, Batchelor, Stewart and maybe Fleming missing.

“Against Sculcoates we have nothing to gain apart from getting into the next round.

“They are always a strong, physical, aggressive team and we have to make sure we do things right.”