Injured Clarkson likely to be out for months

The moment Lewis Clarkson was injured v Rainworth Miners Welfare
The moment Lewis Clarkson was injured v Rainworth Miners Welfare

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson has confirmed that striker Lewis Clarkson faces months on the sidelines after being carried off during Saturday’s defeat to Rainworth.

And the Seasiders also have a number of other less serious injuries too, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Barton Town.

“Clarkson will be out for some considerable time with a knee ligament injury, Jamie Reeson has pulled his hamstring, Anth Bowsley has a fractured toe and Craig Hogg is still struggling with his back,” Allanson said.

The boss was left frustrated by last weekend’s 1-0 defeat, calling it ‘very dour and drab’. “Both teams cancelled each other out and there was a real lack of quality from both teams.

“We had enough chances to win the game and two very clear-cut ones which we should score from. We need players to take responsibility in them situations and it always aggrieves me when a defender/or goalkeeper makes a mistake and they get slaughtered but a striker misses and it is ‘unlucky’.

“We have some good young players at the club but they need to start growing up very quickly and accept constructive criticism, all sports are about winning, that’s what we all get measured on, that’s what we strive to do at every game.

“A club of this stature and size should be fighting for top four or five places every season, at the minute we are an average mid-table team and that is unacceptable, yet some players think that is fine and accept it, losing doesn’t hurt enough.

“Some don’t have the desire to drive us forward. Tom Fleming gets a lot of bookings and then suspensions, some bookings are silly and can be avoided, most others he gets are from sheer frustrations of what players are doing around him and that is unacceptable.

“We now have two big games ahead of us and these will show how much desire the players have and if they really want to be here or not, after these games we will assess where we are and what changes have to be made and the club can then move forward with a fresh impetus.”