Town need to get back to basics for FA Cup replay

Ryan Nicholls in action against Silsden FC
Ryan Nicholls in action against Silsden FC

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson struggled to explain why his side played so differently in the two halves of their 1-1 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round draw against Silsden.

The Seasiders were 1-0 up at half time, thanks to Andy Norfolk’s strike, but crumbled in the second half and were left hanging on for a draw, and a replay which takes place in West Yorkshire tonight.

He said: “I have never been involved in a game like Saturday. We were so much in control in the first half and had so much of the game we should have been sat comfortably at half time 3-0 or 4-0 ahead.

“I thought we played really well, we controlled midfield, created chances, got through on goal many times but somehow could only score the one goal.

“We didn’t have the ruthlessness or clinical finish that we needed and that little bit of composure in the final third.

“At half time we were full of confidence and we felt it was only a matter of time before we got the second and third, the players were upbeat and we all felt things were going well.

“The second half started and we had two really good chances, but failed to convert.

“We then looked like a completely different team, we looked nervous and panicky, our quality went and our confidence seemed to drain away.

“Silsden looked fitter and sharper then us and they started to press and put us under pressure and our whole shape went and our mentality changed

“We stopped working and closing down upfront, we were having shots from 35-40 yards, we stopped passing the ball and kept giving possession away.

“That created pressure on ourselves and unfortunately it was only a matter of time before they scored and they could have got the second.

“It gives us another chance on Tuesday and hopefully we can finish the job and get into the next round, but we need to get back to the basics and work hard first and foremost then the result will look after itself.

“We need to be positive and replicate the first half performance and let the result look after itself.”