Town face old friend - ‘the Pied Piper of Pickering’

Last season's match at Mill Lane.
Last season's match at Mill Lane.

Bridlington Town lock horns with former manager Mitch Cook for the first time this weekend, when they travel to Pickering Town.

Cook enjoyed two season in charged at Queensgate, leading Bridlington to second and third place in the NCEL Premier Division.

But he left due to work commitments last summer, before returning to his old club Pickering during this campaign.

The Pikes squad contains Nathan Cook, Chris Batchelor and Josh Greening - who were all at Bridlington last season - as well as Ged Dalton and Joe Danby who have turned out for The Seasiders in the past.

Current Bridlington manager Gary Allanson said: “It will be good to meet up with Mitch Cook again. He did a fantastic job in the two years he was at the club, he plays the game the right way and has brought some talented players into the game.

“I think he has become the Pied Piper of Pickering, as the players seem to follow him wherever he goes and that only comes from trust and respect.”

Bridlington trio Wayne Aziz, Dean Craig and Joel Ramm have played for Pickering to add to the connections.

Allanson added: “Obviously there are lots of ex-players in both teams and I think it will be a great advert for non-league football with a lot of quality and also some blood and thunder of a proper local derby.

“Believe me friendship will disappear for 90 minutes as the players will want the bragging rights for the next few weeks.

“ We just want to try and get a league game in.We are falling a long way behind now and fitting games in is going to be very difficult.

“We are also still in two cup competitions which, if we progress in those, means we have to fit more fixtures in.”

Kick off is at 3pm.