‘We are not far away from being a very good side’

Tadcaster Albion 1 Bridlington Town 1. Picture by Ian Parker
Tadcaster Albion 1 Bridlington Town 1. Picture by Ian Parker

Bridlington Town manager gave his views after the club’s two matches against leaders Tadcaster Albion over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Seasiders lost 3-2 at home but gained a 1-1 draw at Tadcaster on Saturday.

Allanson said: “We had two very good games with Tadcaster over the Christmas period and showed we are not far away from being a very good side.

“The team spirit that is being created is fantastic and we are now assembling individuals into a team rather than having a team of individuals.

“The players are buying into everything we are doing and are basing our foundations on pure hard work, we know the players have the ability but it’s the other side of the game they need to understand and they are learning this very quickly.

“At 5pm on Saturday afternoon sat in the away dressing room at Tadcaster who were 10 points clear at the top of the league, the players were really disappointed that they had only got a point.

“Over the two games, I honestly thought four points would have been fair for us and I would like to think after the second game we earned the respect of Tadcaster.

“Apart from the first 20 minutes of the first game at home, we had been the better side over the two games and it was not that they had played badly.

“I take full responsibility of not getting the point in the home game. When we equalised in the 83rd minute we should have shut up shop, especially knowing that they score late goals and that we had come back from 2-0 down, but I thought we could have got the win.

“They were on the back foot and being able to put a player like Craig Hogg on with the chances we were creating I honestly thought we could have got the winner.

“Obviously that didn’t work for us and they ended up scoring in the 92nd minute to steal all three points.

“I felt the turning point for us in this game was the 22-man melee just before half time. It’s not something you want to see, but that was where we made the point where we would not be bullied and we will go toe-to-toe if we have to. Everybody looked after each other and we never looked back after that.

“In the away game we played even better and could have been 3-1 up at half time, very comfortably. Their goalkeeper won man of the match but and should have been sent off after 30 minutes for bringing our player down after he got through on a one-v-one with him.

“We felt we dominated the whole game and their goal came after two mistakes and a slip, which enabled their striker to get to the ball first.

“But football can be a cruel game and we need to learn from this together and push on. We had six teenagers in the squad, with four starting and five 20-to-23-year-olds, alongside our experienced players in Ash Allanson, who is playing his best football for a long time, and our two inspirational leaders in Tom Fleming and Chris Jenkinson.

“We are starting to build a very good side. We are just over halfway in the season and we have some big games coming up and still a lot to play for.

“Great credit to Tadcaster who have a fantastic following and the ground is all ready for them to move up to the next level.

“They are a great club with some very good players and will do very well at the next level. We have given them two very good games and they have been very close and it shows where we have come from since last season.

“Our players and the staff have shown great attituds, but we need to build on these two performances and get some consistency and keep moving forward.”