Iron midfielder Terry Hawkridge believed that the draw at home to York was a fair result and was pleased to end his impressive debut season with a goal.The winger scored the second goal to put the Iron 2-0 up, but the visitors fought back to claim a share of the spoils and maintain their own unbeaten run.
The Iron had the better of the first half, but York grew stronger in the second half and, when talking to The Iron Player, Hawkridge referred to a game of two halves.
“I thought we played well and to go two up is always great. We were better for 44 minutes of the first half, but we let them back in it.
“They are a good side though and haven’t lost in 17 matches so we can’t take it away from them and we just have to concentrate on next year now.”
Hawkridge felt that Ryan Brobbel’s strike on the stroke of half time was a turning point as the visitors took the game to the Iron in the second half.
“There was a minute left and, you never want to concede at any time, but to concede right before the whistle is always a blow," he said.
“We came out and dug deep in the second half, but they got the goal they needed. It was a bit gutting, but we’re promoted and we got to celebrate in front of our home fans.”
Just as the terrific support of the Iron faithful has become a fixture this year, Hawkridge has too, becoming a regular in his first season at the club.
He capped a great season off by netting his first league goal, following a great dummy from Paddy Madden and an excellent solo run, delighting the midfielder.
He stated: “It’s been a while! It’s a good feeling to put us 2-0 up and obviously it was a big game. It was great to score and hopefully I can get many more next season.”
The Iron will be back in League One next year, returning at the first time of asking and Hawkridge is confident that Russ Wilcox’s side have what it takes to compete.
He said: “We’re a good team that like to play football and we’ve got a good squad so hopefully the same players will be here next season and hopefully can stay up in League One.”
It has been a long journey for the club, but an even bigger one for the Iron midfielder who was plying his trade at non-league Gainsborough Trinity last year.
The move has been a successful one and also enjoyable for Hawkridge, who is looking forward to the challenges that are ahead.
He added: “It’s been great. Obviously going from non-league to being professional and getting promotion in my first season is crazy. It’s always great and hopefully we can get many more and go into League One and do well in that.”
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