Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson was more pleased with his side’s performance when they lost, rather than when they won, after their two most recent friendlies.
The Seasiders won 2-1 at NCEL Division One side Hall Road Rangers in Hull on Saturday, after losing 2-0 at home to a Doncaster Rovers XI three days earlier.
Allanson said: “Our last two pre-season games have been very interesting to say the least. We have nine players away either on holiday, work commitments or injured which has absolutely devastated our preparations.
“Our first game against a strong development side from Doncaster was a very good hard working team performance considering the players we had missing.
“We closed and pressed, and even though they had the majority of possession, we kept them to half chances and we had a couple of chances ourselves.
“We were very disciplined and organised and kept a really good shape, but Doncaster deservedly won the game and we have no complaints about the result, but performance was pleasing.
“Our latest game was away to Hall Road Rangers on Saturday and even though we won 2-1 it was an awful game and awful performance from us.
“They were a big physical side and were very direct and put us under a lot of pressure and this is something we need to get used to very quickly and adapt our game.
“Nobody gives you the right to play football you have to earn it and we have to start doing this very quickly.
“We have players away at the moment but that should open the door for others to take their chance. We have a great group of players but it is now time for them to step up as the season is only two weeks away and we need to be ready for that.
“At the minute we are still a little short but we will keep working hard to get where we want to be.”