Match by match, Bridlington Town are starting to convince their rivals that they are genuine contenders for the NCEL Premier Division title.
A 2-0 win at fourth-placed Cleethorpes Town on Wednesday night has led to manager Gary Allanson admitting that winning the league is not beyond his squad.
Allanson: “At the moment we are top of the league which is a fantastic position to be in, but as said previously we won’t get carried away as we realise we have played more games than others, but we will enjoy the moment and enjoy the rollercoaster ride.
“To go 12 games unbeaten, with 10 wins, is a great achievement at any level so we will try to keep this going for as long as possible and keep ticking the games off.
“We will stay humble and realistic but also be confident in our ability to move on. Every game from now on will be a cup final as we have put ourselves on a pedestal and everyone will want to knock us off, but that goes with the territory and we will accept that and we are confident we can achieve the unachievable with this fantastic group of players we have.”
Benn Lewis scored twice from full back at Cleethorpes but Allanson insisted the win was secured because of the work of all 11 players and the coaching team.
“It was a brilliant team performance last night, I can’t praise the players or staff enough. Our preparation, set-up, application, discipline was excellent.
“The players are getting their rewards for their hard work and togetherness, the camaraderie they have and the team spirit they have formed is fantastic just to be involved with, they are a great set of players and from a manager’s view it is very rewarding seeing them grow and come together.
“The experienced players have really taken them under their wing and look after them. We have to remember that 12 of the players involved last night were under 23 and five of those under 20.
“They are still learning the game, but credit to them they are learning fast and with a maturity that well exceeds their age.
“Cleethorpes are a very good side with some very experienced players who have played at a lot higher levels but we showed that if you prepare correctly, do your homework and put a plan in place and the players buy into it and work together, you will get your rewards.”
The 12-game unbeaten run began after Town went five hours without scoring during three successive defeats in October, and Allanson is under no illusions that his job was under threat.
“I and the management staff are very proud of what we are achieving at the moment and it is great for the chairman to get some recognition for the hard work and support he puts in.
“He could have quite easily changed things at the end of October and brought somebody else in after the three defeats, but he stuck with us, supported us and encouraged us to keep going and we haven’t looked back since.
“The management team of Wayne Lewis, Danny Brunton, Nick Baxter, Ash Allanson and myself work extremely hard. We have no egos, airs or graces and I think those values have rubbed off on the players.
“Hard work must come first and the rewards will follow. It’s a real pleasure working with these people and players and makes all the hard work and sacrifices worthwhile.”