Dean backs Pikes after leaders sunk

Pickering Town v Bridlington Town, Brid striker Carl Stewart takes the ball away from Pikes scorer Tom Reid

Pickering Town v Bridlington Town, Brid striker Carl Stewart takes the ball away from Pikes scorer Tom Reid

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PICKERING Town coach Dean MacAuley feels that Saturday’s superb 3-1 home win against NCEL Premier leaders Bridlington Town can act as a springboard.

The Pikes are currently in a fine run of form that has pushed them within a handful of points of the league’s high-flyers.

Ex-Pickering striker Josh Greening opened the scoring for Brid, but second-half goals from Joel Ramm, Tom Reid and Joe Danby killed the game off, despite the fact that the hosts finished the game with 10 men after Jon Heads was sent off.

“It was a great performance, again showing what we are capable of,” said MacAuley.

“We did it to Scarborough Athletic and now we have done it to Brid, it just goes to show that on our day we can beat any side in the league.

“Our problem tends to come in the games against the teams lower down the league that we are expected to win.

“If we can get up for those games like we do against Scarborough and Brid then we can push right up there.

“Wins against the bigger teams in the league count for nothing if we lose out against teams below us.

“That was a massive confidence-booster and after it I can’t see why we can’t continue and push ourselves right in there.”

Pickering are once again at home on Saturday when they host struggling Winterton Rangers.

They have boosted their squad for that game with the re-signing of Eddie Cass from Brid.

MacAuley added: “Eddie’s signing is another boost for our squad.

“Mitch Cook took him to Brid but obviously things haven’t worked out for him there, so we are pleased to have him back.

“He is another lad that has come through the under-19s set-up. They are the future of the club, so if we can nurture a few through into the first team then it is great for us.”