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Dawson on U23s Bridlington Town Defeat

2 August 2021

Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Andy Dawson said the most important thing was players gaining vital minutes ahead of the new season, after a 4-2 defeat against Bridlington Town.

Goals in each half from an unnamed trialist and McCauley Snelgrove weren't enough for the young Tigers, as the U23s suffered their first defeat of pre-season.


On the Defeat…

“My first thought is credit to Bridlington Town; they played some really good stuff and scored four good goals. I’m not going to be critical of the boys because I thought they gave everything they could. We probably just lacked that little bit of quality when we needed it, but we’ve got minutes in the legs and that has to be the outlook of the result. Obviously, with what’s gone on in pre-season, with people missing games and having to isolate, we needed the game to go ahead and that’s the one thing that we can take from this result.

“We’re two weeks away from the season starting and some of the lads haven’t had any game time so they needed it. Plus, we had some trialists that came in today and I thought they did really well. There’s things we need to get better at, but in terms of the physical sense, the lads will come on massively for it for playing against men.”


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“I’m looking forward to that test. We’ll analyse the last two games, Pickering Town and Bridlington Town, and we’ll move forward. We’ll look at the things that we did well, but mainly the things that we really need to improve on, but there’s plenty of time for that before the season starts.”


Academy Players Playing For First Team…

“It’s a brilliant experience for the lads who have had the opportunity to play at first-team level. I think to get the opportunity to play football at a decent level is a massive privilege and we’ve said that to them. If you’re playing with the first-team, the Under-23s, it’s a privilege to put that shirt on and perform to the highest ability. You don’t make one game more important than the other and you can’t do that as a professional athlete. You have to attack every opportunity and every game as if it were your last and we’ve said that to the boys because that’s a part of learning for a young player. Your next game might be your last game, so you have to give everything you’ve got.”

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