If any further evidence of Bridlington Town’s resurgence in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division was required, it came yesterday with a come –from-behind win over tough local rivals Barton Town at Queensgate -and although it was a landmark day for the ninth-placed Seasiders’ Joel Sutton, he admitted that the three points were more important than his side’s display on the day, writes Colin Muncie.
The healthy 175 crowd at the Neil Hudgell Solicitors’ Stadium saw William Waudby give the visitors the lead in the first minute, but Sutton levelled for Brid just before the interval-and inevitably, Jake Day had the last word for the home side with his 76th minute winner.
Joel told the Bootiful Game “Firstly, the most important thing is the result and the performance that came with it. Although we didn’t play half as well as we have in recent weeks, we showed that we can grind out points when we’re not quite at it -and that’s a credit to the management and players we have at the club”.
It was a big day for Joel too. “On a personal note, it was a honour to score my 100th goal for Brid -and I hope that there are many more to come”
Congratulations to Joel from all at the Bootiful Game.
Barton Town Assistant Manager Gary Allanson enjoyed his return to Queensgate, but felt that his old club merited the three points.”It was great to be back and I got a great welcome from the backroom staff, supporters and the Chairman- which shows what a class club Bridlington Town are and what other clubs try to emulate. The game itself was scrappy and being honest Brid deserved the win. Their movement in the final third was on a different level to us and they have quality players who are brave in possession and keep the ball very well”
Gary felt that his Swans side didn’t do enough when they had the ball “Defensively we did okay and filled spaces well” he said “Our disappointment was in possession. We were poor, gave the ball away too cheaply and we didn’t offer anything in the final third. We set up to keep the ball and move the ball quickly, but our players weren’t brave enough to get on the ball, and if you give the ball away to a team like Brid they grind you down and pass you off the park”
Despite the outcome, Gary has seen enough to know that he has a squad that he can work with “We looked young, inexperienced and naive today. We had seven teenagers start, with three more on the bench- but we have a more settled squad now, so we can work with them more on the training ground”
“We are not far off from turning the corner”.