‘We have a win-at-all-costs mentality’

Gary Allanson
Gary Allanson

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson’s column after his side’s 2-1 win over Clipstone kept them second in the NCEl table and extended their unbeaten run to 11 games.

It was another hard fought win, but at the minute we have a mentality of wanting to win at all costs and fighting for each other and not wanting to give up.

Tom Fleming v Clipstone FC

Tom Fleming v Clipstone FC

Clipstone are a good side, we knew that after playing them two weeks ago, and they are similar to us with the age of their players .

They are young, quick and energetic, and have taken points off all the top teams, so for us to get the double over them is a very good achievement.

The pitch looked a lot better than it was. It was very heavy and was difficult under foot for both teams.

For a neutral it must have been an enjoyable, old-fashioned blood and thunder game which was end to end. It wasn’t a perfect passing game but after watching Liverpool v Manchester United, at least we had desire and passion in our game.

Town players congratulate Eddy Birch after his goal v Clipstone FC

Town players congratulate Eddy Birch after his goal v Clipstone FC

We are at the time of year when pitches are not the best and we have to show another side to our game where we have to roll the sleeves up, be organised and disciplined and dig in and battle.

We are doing this at the moment and are getting the rewards and showing great character.

I think we had one or two good runs around the same amount of games when we won the league in 2010, but this is certainly up there with the longest run.

It is a great achievement for the players and the club to be where we are and we are all enjoying the momentum we are building, but we have some big games coming up starting with Cleethorpes away on Wednesday.

I know it’s the old cliché but all we can do is take one game at a time and hopefully keep putting points on the board.

The squad is getting stronger by the week with players getting fitter and returning from suspensions and injury.

Everybody wants to be involved and all the players want to be in the starting 11, we can’t keep everyone happy but at this moment it is a great situation to be in with players fighting for their places and fighting to hold on to them.

They are all looking over their shoulders now and know they can be replaced and will find it very difficult to get back in if they fall below the standard we have set.