Town boss: ‘Our feet are firmly on the ground’

Will Waudby got Brid's winner at Nostell
Will Waudby got Brid's winner at Nostell

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson is refusing to get carried away, despite seeing his side go second in the NCEL table after their 2-1 win at Nostell.

The Seasiders made it 10 games unbeaten, and are level on points with leaders Worksop Town, but Allanson is refusing to get drawn into talk of a title challenge.

Tim Taylor in action at Nostell

Tim Taylor in action at Nostell

He said: “We are doing well at the minute, 10 games unbeaten, winning eight, but football can change suddenly as we all know.

“At the end of October we had lost three, without even scoring a goal. We have built up good momentum but more importantly a great togetherness and a work ethic where we work for each other.

“That was shown when we scored our second goal on Saturday and every player celebrated together, that was great to see.”

Will Waudby struck the winner for Town eight minutes from time at Nostell to avenge the 3-1 defeat suffered at home to the West Yorkshire side earlier in the season.

Pictures by Ian Parker

Pictures by Ian Parker

Allanson added: “It was a very difficult game on Saturday against a useful Nostell side who worked hard and were full of energy and put us under pressure. The pitch was unbelievable, it was in fantastic condition, considering the state it has been in previous seasons, so great credit to their staff.

“We tried to pass the ball around, but because it was quite tight, there wasn’t a lot of space and they pressed very quickly.

“The good thing from our perspective is we are now able to adapt to who we are playing against and the conditions we are playing in. Again we looked solid as a team defensively and we are hard to break down, but we lacked a little sharpness going forward.

“But it was a terrific away performance, where we accepted the pressure and caught them on the counter attack. Overall, a hard working team performance and three points which, at times, is all we can ask for.

“It was a good return for Eddy Birch and we managed to get 70 minutes out of him and special praise to Alex Knaggs who was outstanding at centre back alongside Chris Jenkinson. Alex can play in numerous positions and never lets you down and is the unsung hero of our recent run, a real players’ player.”

Despite his side’s impressive recent run, Allanson feels there is room for improvement.

“The victory put us joint top of the league, but we have played more games than others and we are experienced enough not to get carried away, our feet are firmly on the ground,” he added.

“We sent a team message out on Sunday, expressing our concerns because we want to keep our standards high and not sit back and just accept where we are, we need to keep pushing forward.

“At the moment we look unfit for the last 20 minutes of a game and seem to be hanging on, so we have stated to the players that it is their responsibility to put the extra hours in to keep themselves fit and not to waste a great opportunity of having a fantastic, successful season.”