Bridlington Town are up to their highest position in the NCEL table this season, after recording their fifth successive win on Saturday.
The Seasiders have bounced back from a sticky spell, which saw them go almost five hours without a goal, to complete a perfect November with a 2-1 win over Albion Sports, a team they had struggled against at Queensgate in previous seasons.
Manager Gary Allanson was thrilled by the battling qualities of his side, in awful conditions, as Joel Sutton’s 80th minute goal secured the points to move Brid into fifth.
“It was a very difficult game on Saturday against a very experienced side who were lying sixth in the league before the game and were really pushing to get into the top four,” said Allanson.
“The conditions were poor with the wind, rain and heavy surface but the players listened to how we wanted to play and carried out the plan we wanted. It was a great achievement for the players as this was our fifth win on the bounce.
“It was a performance to be very proud of, every player worked their socks off and more importantly put their bodies on the line. We looked solid and organised at the back, we had a good discipline in midfield and the front three put them under pressure so they kept giving the ball back to us.”
Allanson singled out match-winner Sutton, who ran 80 yards to get on the end of a counter attack and net the decisive goal.
“To break from our own box on the counter attack and score a goal like that showed passion and desire to want to win, the celebrations were great from the players,” added the manager.
“Special praise to Joel Sutton who played the ball into Andy Norfolk and continued his run from the edge of our own penalty box to get a fantastic pull back and put the ball in the roof of the net.
“He has his critics in the crowd but he did really well on Saturday and the front three of Joel, Will Waudby and Andy are frightening teams to death with their pace and clever movement.
“We have said all along we believed in these players and have every confidence in them.
“We had four or five players not at the races in our midweek win against Armthorpe but every one of them stepped up a gear on Saturday, it was a great performance by a great group of players who played for each other and worked very hard for each other and they got their just rewards.
“But we need to move on and concentrate for the trip to Handsworth and work hard in training this week so we are ready in what will be a very difficult game for us.”
Saturday’s opponents Handsworth Parramore are third in the table, have the league’s meanest defence and have won four of their last five.