Gary’s Gossip - March 31

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The views of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson

“We dominated the first 20 minutes of that game and could have been maybe three or four goals up, but the more chances we missed the more they grew in confidence and in the end they deserved the win.

“They totally out fought us and had more desire and passion than we had and ultimately they wanted to be in the final more than we did.

“Maybe we thought it was going to be easy after thumping them 4-1 earlier in the season, but you have to roll your sleeves up and give as good as you get then your ability shines through in the end.

“So on Saturday we went to Farsley who are top of the league by six points, best attack, best defence, won their last seven league games on the bounce, only conceded two or three goals and have just thumped Scarborough 5-0 in mid-week, and are at full strength and raring to go full of confidence.

“We have just been beaten by Hall Road in a big semi-final for us and have four big influential players missing through suspension and injuries, we only have three substitutes, one being Aaron Allanson who hasn’t played regularly for the last three years because of his serious injuries.

“But the players did everything they should have done on Tuesday and rolled their sleeves up and worked their socks off, didn’t get bullied or over-awed.

“Football is about creating memories and this one will certainly be remembered for a long time.

“Overall I think a draw was a fair result, but it is in our hands now and we need to keep the pressure on Farsley and Parkgate by getting results.

“It isn’t going to be easy but the players and staff will do all they can to bring silverware for the fans who deserve the success.

“Unfortunately we have picked up more injuries with Craig Palmer, damaged ankle ligaments.

“He has been an absolute colossus at centre back and shown a fantastic attitude and will be playing there for the rest of the season barring more injuries and while I am still manager, so no need for supporters to ask the question because Craig won’t be moved whether we are scoring goals or not,

“We have spoken to five or six players from our leagues and mostly above but they are reluctant to move so late in the season and are asking for ridiculous expenses which is something I will not do to break the structure we have with the budget.

“We will continue with the players we have as I trust them impeccably and hopefully that feeling’s mutual.

“I’m not interested in being loved it’s about respect and hopefully I have earned that with this group of players, but only time will tell. “