‘We didn’t let them intimidate us’ says Bridlington boss

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson.
Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson.

Bridlington Town’s refusal to get involved with Riccall United’s aggressive tactics was one of the most pleasing aspects of their 8-1 win, according to boss Gary Allanson.

The Seasiders will now face North Ferriby United in the East Riding Senior Cup final at the KC Stadium in Hull on Wednesday, May 18, after demolishing the York League champions in Thursday’s semi-final.

Riccall took an early lead, but bad tackles went flying in as they shipped goals, and they were reduced to 10 men before half-time when they were 4-1 down.

Allanson said: “We didn’t get involved in a battle and let the intimidation get to us.

“They tired very quickly and we kept everything simple and effective, we kept the tempo really high and moved the ball quickly and you could see them getting more and more frustrated.

“There was some naughty challenges and the sending off was a horrendous challenge, where their lad was late and led with his elbow and it could have been a serious injury.

“I thought the referee and the two officials controlled the game really well as it could have got out of hand.”

Even though his socred scored eight goals, Allanson felt his team could have got into double figures.

“It was a great performance from us where we tried to play the right way and, being honest, it could have been a lot more,” he said.

“I think they had three shots all game and one was the goal. Obviously, in the first 20 minutes, they were going to come out all guns blazing and they caught us out when we slipped and they managed to sneak in.

“I thought we passed the ball really well and we gradually passed the legs out of them.”

The Bridlington manager was pelased with the display of Joel Sutton, who scored Town’s first two goals.

“I think we have found a good role for Joel Sutton and he is relishing the responsibility. He has been a great outlet for us, it was a real shame he couldn’t complete his hat-trick last night as it was fully deserved, but as a team we worked hard for each other and the quality came through

“We can now look forward to the final at the KC in May and concentrate onfinishing as high as possible in the league and progressing further in the League Cup.”