Seasiders all set for FA Cup adventure

Bridlington Town lost 1-0 to Tadcaster last weekend.
Bridlington Town lost 1-0 to Tadcaster last weekend.

Bridlington Town return to competitive action this weekend, kicking off with an FA Cup tie against Silsden.

The Seasiders will be favourites to progress against the West Yorkshire side, who play one level lower than them in the North West Counties League Division One.

But manager Gary Allanson admits Saturday’s opponents are something of an unknown quantity.

He said: “It is going to be a real test for us against Silsden. We don’t know a lot about them apart from we played them two or three years ago away and they were a young energetic team so we are expecting the same.

“We have an advantage of being at home so hopefully that will work in our favour and we can push into the next round, which we haven’t done for a while.

“We need to get a good start to the campaign and keep the momentum going, we are really pushing for a successful season this year.”

The winners face Guisborough Town or Liversedge in the Preliminary Round later this month, but before that Town begin their league campaign with a trip to newly-promoted Bottesford Town next Wednesday.

“Overall, pre-season has gone well,” Allanson added.

“The training sessions have been hard but enjoyable and the players have shown a great attitude and a great work ethic.

“The games have gone OK, we have scored goals and tried different systems and things have fitted into place, we can’t really ask for anymore.”

The only time Town drew a blank was against last season’s NCEL champions Tadcaster Albion, who won 1-0 at Queensgate on Saturday.

“It was a pretty dour affair to be honest. They were very well drilled and organised and all we had was half chances at best.

“I thought we missed a cutting edge and we didn’t create enough chances, our build up was slow and laborious and we found it very difficult to break them down.”

Saturday’s FA Cup tie kicks off at 3pm. Admission is £6 and £3.