Cook’s Corner

The views of Bridlington Town manager Mitch Cook after cup wins of Heanor Town and Sculcoates Amateurs

“They were a little unfortunate with a couple of decisions but they were a real credit to the Humber Premier League.

“Only three days before, we had gone to a team in our own league and won a cup game 7-0, and showed how we should approach these games.

“The team we put out have all played regularly and some of these lads are telling me how they should be starting every week.

“When you go into a cup tie, you go to win it and that is always the first objective. The performance was disappointing but we won, although take nothing away from Sculcoates.

“They caused us problems with balls into the box, and at 3-3 anything could have happened.

“Last year we had a great cup win and a night to enjoy but you have to earn it in the earlier rounds. Saturday was a prime example of why bigger teams can get knocked out of cups by lower league opposition.

“At Heanor, we went away, endured a two-and-a-half hour journey, and only had one recognised, fit player on the bench. Chris Batchelor was carrying an injury and only came along because we had nobody else.

“I approached some of the younger, local players but nobody was prepared to travel to be on the bench.

“Paul Fraser was on the bench as sub goalkeeper. he should have started in goal but Mark Wilberforce managed to get a half-day holiday at the last minute.

“We did everything the right way, their early sending off was unfortunate but rules are rules.

“In the second half we scored five goals in 20 minutes, all good goals. Craig Hogg was suffering with his back, which is why he didn’t start on Saturday, and he came off, and it was a case of shall we play with 10 or shall we put Fraz on.

“I know people may have thought we were taking the mickey but we weren’t.

“Anyway, one fell to Fraz in the area and he scored. He didn’t know what to do, it was the first time I have seen him lost for words.

“On Saturday, when we turned up at Sculcoates, he was walking round with the number nine shirt on.

“This weekend we go to Maltby Main, and our expectation is that we should win. But we have memories of last season, when we went there on the opening day and lost, If we had won that day, we would have won the league.

“They came here a couple of weeks ago, and though I was away that day, everyone has said they were a good team who gave us a good game.

“When you have won 12 in a row, everyone wants to be the team to stop your run.

“We can’t approach Maltby lightly. We will work hard in training and I expect us to be strong.

“All is sorted with Frank Belt’s international clearance and he might be involved. However, he last played on September 21.

“Danny Buttle signed a couple of weeks ago but has been injured, but we hope he will be training.”