‘We are lacking a cutting edge’

Bridlington Town v Staveley Miners Welfare
Bridlington Town v Staveley Miners Welfare

The views of Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson after the 1-1 draw with Staveley Miners Welfare.

“We felt we bounced back really well after the poor performance at Glasshoughton in midweek.

“It was a scrappy game on Saturday with two evenly matched teams played in very cold, windy conditions. Probably a draw was a fair result, but at the minute we just can’t seem to finish teams off.

“As with the Tadcaster games, we had chances where we can put games beyond doubt but we are lacking that ruthlessness, cutting edge in the final third.

“We cannot fault the players’ work rate or attitude but their striker had one chance on Saturday and scored, while we seem to need six or seven chances to score.

“We are confident this will happen though as we have the right players on board with the right attitudes, we just need to keep working hard.

“I have mentioned about the experienced players recently and one who we take for granted at times is Danny Brunton who doesn’t get a lot of credit. He is very committed to the club, been very loyal and has a fantastic attitude and he has played a massive part in our recent good form, which he doesn’t shy away of reminding us all.

“He is great to have around and he is helping bring the younger players on.

“Alex Knaggs and Eddy Birch did magnificently on Saturday and really stood up to the plate with mature performances, Conner Harman has shown how versatile he is playing out of position but has never complained and just got on with it and Duka, Will Waudby, Chris Adams and Jarrod Smalley work really hard up front forcing mistakes.

“On Saturday we had three 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old playing and they are learning their trade but credit to the players they have a great attitude and always listen to the advice we give them.

“It has taken a while to get settled to where we want to be, which we always knew because of the amount of changes we made in the close season, but it is a work in progress and we will see lots more younger players come through and make an impact I am sure, but we need to get the right mix with the experience and youth and we feel we are not far off.

“Unfortunately Ryan Nicholls came off injured after turning his ankle quite badly and looks like he could be out for quite a while again.”