Town frustrated by Parkgate postponement

Nathan Cook will now miss Saturday's clash with Retford through postponement.
Nathan Cook will now miss Saturday's clash with Retford through postponement.

BRIDLINGTON Town’s hopes of clawing back the gap at the top of the NCEL Premier Division table were dashed when Tuesday’s trip to Parkgate was called off four hours before kick off.

A waterlogged pitch meant the pitch failed a late afternoon inspection, leaving Town still six points behind leaders Scarborough Athletic, having only been able to play once during January.

Manager Mitch Cook said: “Fortunately, we were able to tell all the lads before they had set off.

“My belief is that there should be some sort of break for the supporters and players at this time of year.

Town’s midweek frustration was heightened because they had a strong squad to take to South Yorkshire, with only Nathan Cook (suspended) and Scott Phillips (work commitments) unavailable.

One name not added to the list is Pickering striker Liam Salt, who Bridlington put seven days notice in for, but he has decided to stay with The Pikes.

Cook said: “I’m really disappointed because he promised me twice he would be signing for us.

“I have known him since he was 10 and he is Wayne Aziz’s best mate and I’ve managed him at Pickering, but he has decided to stay.

“What’s more disappointing is some of the comments which were made about the situation. I am a believer in doing things the right way.

The Seasiders now turn their attention to Saturday’s match against champions Retford United, who have found defending their title a different proposition, and will arrive at Queensgate in mid-table.

“We won 2-0 at Retford in the season and we were clinical and professional.

“It started our 14-game winning run and I’ve told the lads that if we do the same, and win our next 14 games, we will win the league.”