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AGNEW on derby win: “I asked the lads just to raise the game five per cent and win at all costs!”

Up to third in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division for Bridlington Town, six points adrift of second-placed Penistone Church but with three games in hand, after a convincing 4-1 win at Hall Road Rangers yesterday afternoon. The result leaves Rangers just a single point above the relegation places, but Seasiders Manager Brett Agnew admitted that Bill Gill’s team held their own in the first half of the game, writes Colin Muncie.

The 112 Haworth Park crowd had barely settled when Tom Cracknell put through his own goal to give Bridlington an immediate lead, but Reggie Waud levelled from the spot on the stroke of half-time. The visitors clinched the points with three unanswered second-half goals from Fraser Papprill (51 minutes), a Jake Day penalty on the hour, and Andy Norfolk (75 minutes).

“It was a good old-fashioned derby game today,” Brett told us. “I thought after scoring with 15 seconds on the clock that we should have put our foot down and steamrolled Hall Road, but we didn’t; we held back and let them come back into the game and cause us problems for 45 minutes.” 

After the break, it was a different story. “In the second half we were too strong and experienced and our movement killed them off,” Brett told us. “I asked the lads just to raise the game five per cent and win at all costs.”

“They took that on board and they came flying out of the blocks.”

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