‘Great result’ but Town boss refuses to get carried away

Andy Norfolk celebrates the winner.
Andy Norfolk celebrates the winner.

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson played down the importance of Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win over National league new boys North Ferriby United.

His side beat The villagers for the second time in three months, having also beaten them in the East Riding Senior Cup final in May.

Ryan Nicholls clears from Alfonos Mensa

Ryan Nicholls clears from Alfonos Mensa

Then, Ferriby trotted out a second-string side, having clinched promotion a few days earlier, but on Saturday at Queensgate, a full-strength side were beaten 2-1 by Town, thanks to goals from Brett Agnew and Andy Norfolk.

Allanson refused to get carried away though, and said: “It was a great result for us on Saturday against a very strong North Ferriby side, but in the cold light of day it doesn’t really mean anything as it was a pre-season friendly.

“North Ferriby will also look at it this way, they have a new management team in place and are trying a few different things and looking at players and I am sure they will be ready for the start of the season as they still have some real quality players signed.

Bridlington took the lead in the 11th minute, making the most of an advantage played by referee Darren Whatling, who had also been in charge of the cup final at the KCom Stadium in May.

Brett Agnew scored again

Brett Agnew scored again

The ball fell to striker Agnew, who lashed home a fierce drive from outside the peanlty area for the second time in two games.

Ferriby bounced back straight away, levelling within two minutes. They opened Bridlington up with some lovely passing on the right flank and then switched play out to the left, where Curtis Bateson hit a shot from the egde of the area which hit the inside of the post on its way in.

The Conference side created the majority of chances in the first half, without ever looking to be completely in control of the game.

Ryan Nicholls made a crucial block and Louis Kirk cleared off the line in one scramble, before centre-half Mark Gray headed wide from a floated cross in another attack.

Jarrod Smalley v North Ferriby United

Jarrod Smalley v North Ferriby United

Skipper Danny Clarke scuffed a close-range attempt off target and Bateson could have added another when he wriggled clear of Chris Jenkinson but put a tame shot wide of the far post.

James Hitchcock’s only save of note came when Danny Emerton tried a curling effort at the end of another neat move down the right.

The second half saw a change in momentum, with Bridlington on the front foot from the off. Tenacious work by Tim Taylor set up another substitute Jarrod Smalley, who forced keeper Craig Ellison into action.

Smalley then turned provider, dribbling down the left and crossing for Agnew who volleyed wide.

Ferriby were looking very average by this stage and it was no surprise when the hosts went ahead with a beautifully worked goal.

Conner Harman swept the ball out to the right wing and found Agnew. His cross was headed goalwards by Smalley, who outjumped his marker, and Andy Norfolk slid in to knock the ball over the line.

Ferriby brought on bulky Alfonso Mensa up front and he barged his way down the left to create a chance for Ryan Kendall, but Ferriby’s Wembley hero lashed his shot over the crossbar from 12 yards.

In the closing stages, Town almost added a third. A long ball bypassed Ferriby’s defence far too easily, and Agnew, who had bothered the back four all game, ran on to meet it but his lob went over the bar.

Allanson said: “For the first 25 minutes they had a lot of possession and were probing a lot but we were solid, very organised and resilient and we were very difficult to breakdown.

“We started with a system but had to change quickly because of the way they were playing and that proves how far we have come and the lessons we have learnt from last season that we are now very adaptable and can play and change to different systems.

“We looked the fitter, stronger and sharper team and in the end we looked quite comfortable. I don’t think they created much in the final third and James didn’t really have a lot to do in goal, but we have set our standards high and sometimes we fell short on our quality we expect in possession.”