Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Andy Dawson praised his team for responding well against a strong Pickering Town side after defeating the Northern Premier League outfit 3-1.
A brace from Will Jarvis and a composed finish by Josh Hinds secured the Tigers their second win in pre-season at Mill Lane.
On the Victory…
“It was a really good game. In the first half, Pickering were absolutely excellent and they probably got the better of us in the opening 20 minutes. It probably shocked our lads a little bit, but I thought we grew into the game. We scored a good goal to equalise and in the second half, I said to them that when you’re in possession, enjoy playing, relax, move the ball quickly and you’ll create opportunities. To be fair, we created numerous opportunities and I thought overall we played some really good stuff.
“This was only our second pre-season game and some of the boys needed minutes, so it’s all about shuffling the pack to make it work for them all. The starting XI and the subs that came on were all really good. Keegan (Green) came on and his first two or three touches were absolutely excellent. Tom (Macauley) kept us in the game late with some good saves and Will (Jarvis) came on and used his quality and pace to score two, so it’s nice for them to get minutes and give them confidence going forward.”
On The Opposition…
“Pickering were really front foot. They scored a goal in the first five minutes and they already had a couple of attempts before that. They had that intensity, pace and strength about them, so credit to them.
“It was a great physical test overall. Pickering were athletic and they had some fit and strong players and they came at us quickly and we weren’t really ready for it. However, we grew into the game and the boys will learn from this game and I thought we did well second half.”
Bridlington Town Preview…
“I’m looking forward to the game. We’re expecting a really tough test and it’s different to Under-23s football. It’s what we try and get in pre-season when we’re getting fitness into their legs, to play against men. Bridlington have a lot of experienced players, so it’ll be a good test for the boys as they’ll learn loads from these types of games.”