A mixture of promising youth and proven experience were at the heart of ninth-placed Bridlington Town’s fine 3-1 home win over Worksop Town at Queensgate last night in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division –and delighted Seasiders Manager Curtis Woodhouse doesn’t think his squad restructuring is too far away from the finished article, writes Colin Muncie.
The visitors took the lead after 29 minutes through Matt Overton, but the Seasiders’ new signing from East Yorkshire Carnegie, Gary Bradshaw ,levelled for Bridlington before the interval, in front of a crowd of 130 at the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Stadium. Debutant Archie Brown put Brid ahead after 67 minutes and Chris Adams sealed the points (72 mins).
Curtis told the Bootiful Game “It was a really good performance from us this evening. We made six changes with two stepping up from the reserves; Louis Rafter and James Faulkner both made their first starts for the first team and young Archie Brown, only 17, also making his first start for us and all three did really well. Louis and James nearly scored and Archie did score with a quality strike”
Curtis was delighted with Gary Bradshaw’s debut, explaining that his start was only confirmed yesterday.” We also got late clearance for Gary Bradshaw to play. He also scored a goal and showed his quality throughout, and I thought his link up play was really good” Curtis told us.” He will be invaluable for Jake Day to watch and learn from going forward. Gary doesn’t have the pace he used to have, but all the quality and know- how still remains ,and I thought he was excellent tonight., I was tempted to keep him on but a good sixty minutes- after so long out -was perfect for him”
Curtis put his squad remodelling work into some context.”We are in a transitional period at Bridlington Town” he admitted .“I’ve had to rebuild the side and at times it’s been really frustrating, because I know how far off we have been -but this last six weeks I’ve felt we are close to being a very good team, and some of the football was a joy to watch at times”
Curtis had good words for Duncan Miulligan’s team-and even better ones for the men responsible for the playing surface at Queensgate. “ Credit to Worksop Town who never stopped working and gave us a real good game ; I expect them to be a real force next season as they have a very bright Management team -but tonight I thought we dominated the game and ran out worthy winners” he said, adding” A final thought to our Groundsman, Hendrick Korevaar, who has worked round the clock to ensure our game was on this evening after the terrible rain we have had. When I left after the game, Hendrick was forking the pitch in the pitch-black night so that we have a chance to play again on Thursday evening”.
“He’s an absolute credit to the football club”.