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Forensic analysis from both camps as Brid edge Ammers in NCEL classic

It’s been a tough start to March for Yorkshire Amateur and following their heavy defeat at Worksop Town last weekend, they will have travelled to Bridlington Town yesterday hopeful of righting those wrongs, but a 3-0 defeat suggests that it was more of the same, writes Ian Robinson. (Main photography by Hull.Today (@HullDotToday))

Not so, according to Ammies Manager, Neil Sibson, who saw plenty of positives in his team’s performance as he gave his post match thoughts to TBG. “It was a massive improvement from last week and I’m sure Brett’s report will back up our performance as well. We lost the match, but I firmly believe we deserved something from the game. I believe you make your own luck in this Division with a minimum requirement of hard work, but today we didn’t seem to get it even though the lads put in a great effort against a team that have hit a bit of form.”

“We conceded the first goal, where our keeper put his hand up to a mistake, after dominating the game before their goal, then they get a second after a ricochet ball falls at the feet of the Viking who smashes the ball home, so we find ourselves 2-0 down at half time after creating four or five good chances of our own!”

“We started the second half with plenty of possession and chances to score, then have a stone wall penalty turned down when Harry gets chopped in half. When we finally do get a penalty from a different phase, the Bridlington ‘keeper moves well off his line before the ball is even kicked to save it (check the video below), but that’s football. It’s either cruel or kind, and today it was kind for Brid and cruel for us. I believe if we had scored that penalty, we would have got something from the game and possibly could have gone on to win it.”

“We pushed on in the final fifteen minutes and got caught as the lads squeezed up, but credit to the Brid lad, he beat the offside trap to put the cherry on the cake for his team.”

“We could have probably played without a ‘keeper today and the worst score would only have been 4-0. Overall, performance wise, I can’t fault my lads for their effort, commitment and desire and if we put in another eight performances similar to today, we won’t be far off. There are 24 points to play for and we’re quite capable of winning them all.”

“Well done to Brett and his lads, we wish them well for the remainder of the season as they’re a good set of lads with some good proper fans behind them, so no issues there unlike the week before!”

From the home dugout, Agnew was delighted. “Today was a really good advert for NCEL, both teams showed great passing quality, movement and finishing when it came.”

“We came up against a very good technical side, with at this standard some of the best footballers in the league. So to come away with 3 points and a clean sheet is fantastic.”

“To a man my team were top notch they fought for everything, put their bodies on the line and had the desire to keep a clean sheet which was typified by Tom Jackson’s brilliant penalty save to keep the game at 2-0.”

“We defended so well all over the pitch and to keep such a free scoring and deadly attack force was so good to see. Once again I’m really proud of the lads and how they stepped it up another level for me when asked to. All the best to Neil and his side for the run in.”

Assistant Manager, Anthony Bowsley, was equally pleased. “Excellent result and performance. They have some dangerous players but we won the individual battles against them which gave us a big platform to build on. We defended well second-half and the lads put their bodies on line. Myself and Brett couldn’t ask anymore of the players. We now look forward to the game on Wednesday in a cup semi-final.”

Jake Day scored the seasiders second of the afternoon and had a quick word for the awaiting media. “Great win and another three important points for us on the way to our target which is winning the league! Nice to get on the score sheet but the 3 points is massive!”

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