Cook plans shake-up of Pickering Town ranks

Pickering’s Sam Calvert equalised against Bridlington

Pickering’s Sam Calvert equalised against Bridlington

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CHANGES are in the offing after dismal Pickering Town suffered another Northern Counties East League premier division hammering.

Manager Mitch Cook has promised to shake up his underperforming outfit following their five-goal thrashing at Worksop Town last Saturday.

It meant that in the past three weekends the Pikes had lost three games and conceded 17 goals without reply.

A 1-1 draw at Bridlington Town last Wednesday had cheered Cook, who hoped his side had turned a corner, following their 6-0 loss at Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

But they went behind after three minutes at Worksop, when Tom Elliott netted after a good move by Connor Sellars, and never looked like getting back into the contest.

Cook said: “Was it a case of going to Bridlington, where we knew them all, and doing a bit extra?

“It was back to what we had produced in the previous games. It can’t happen.

“They are disappointed, but I am disappointed.

“You can’t just turn football on and off when you want to. You have to be at your best all the time. We haven’t been.

“They are not producing it and I am going to have to try to stir it about a bit.

“We made some decisions for Bridlington and got a result. We had to go back against Worksop and it showed.

“People have had their chances," said Cook. "If they are not involved now they haven’t got much of an argument.”

Ten minutes after grabbing the opener, Elliott scored his second goal when Mitch Husband crossed the ball for Sellars. His mis-hit shot fell to the teenager to finish.

Pickering goalkeeper Callum Myers had to make several outstanding saves and Worksop also hit the post before their third goal came ten minutes before the interval when Husband connected with Sellars’ corner.

It could have been even worse but, just before the break, Myers saved Jake Scott’s penalty after Andre Johnson was brought down.

The mauling continued after the break and Worksop scored further goals through Luke Shiels, on 66 minutes, and Johnson, five minutes later.

The Worksop disaster had followed a promising point at Bridlington. Craig Hogg fired the home side into the lead after 32 minutes and Sam Calvert equalised for the Pikes on the stroke of half-time with a well taken goal.

Now bottom side Armthorpe Welfare are next on Pickering’s road trip on Saturday (kick off 3pm). They have played three league games and have lost them all but, in the light of recent displays, Cook is far from complacent.

He added: “We have got to go there looking to win. Nothing else will do. We have still got some injuries that we have picked up. Tom Woodhead is obviously out for a while, Tony Hackworth is struggling.

“Joe Danby tried to play on Saturday and has got some swelling on his ankle. We haven’t recovered fully from our injuries yet. We haven’t got a game until Saturday and we hoping this week’s rest can give them some time to recover.”

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