From the press-box #5 – by Neil Winsor
The opinions expressed within are those of the contributor and may not necessarily reflect those of the club.
WEDNESDAY night was another box ticked in terms of taking the next step towards the start of the season with our first pre-season friendly.
Just to get back to Haworth Park in a game situation was pleasing in itself, and aside from the final result of course, they were many positives to take from the evening.
For those that came early, they were treated to a curtain-raiser put on by one of our Under 14’s teams, which was in fact their first game with us.
They won the game 11-1 and were comfortable winners but a number of the Hall Road players stood out, and who knows in another couple of years we maybe seeing some of these represent the first team.
The first team then took to the stage for their first friendly against a side I expect will be challenging for honours, and Curtis Woodhouse I’m sure will settle for no less.
I thought we looked strong throughout.
The first half we looked resolute at the back, I thought Sam O’Malley stepped back into the defence well alongside Jacob Norburn, and Leon Smith (right) stood out as well with an all action display in midfield, and for me has inserted himself as someone considered a regular alongside Rhys Vazquez.
Leon has come back from the injury he suffered at the end of last season, and his efforts and attitude in pre-season have been excellent.
The front four, or the ‘Fantastic Four’ as they’ve become known caused Bridlington a few problems. Luke Salas looked sharp, with Reggi Waud and Fraser Hansen linking up nicely in spells, while Martin Jones also stood out with them bright shiny red boots to match his hair colour!
The lads found Jody Barford in top form though, he denied Fraser from the spot and then got himself back up to tip Luke Salas rebound over the bar.
Jody is someone I know from our time at Brigg, and he had a spell at Hall Road two years ago and he kept Bridlington in the game first half.
The interval saw a multitude of changes from both sides, we got to see a number of lads that will start with the second string and in our Under 19’s.
I thought they stood up to the challenge well and didn’t look out of place, however with the likes of Terry Barwick, Nathan Doyle and Jake Day coming off the bench for the visitors, just their added quality and clinical edge told in the second half.
Day’s strike for their third goal was worthy of gracing any game as well.
The lads second half showed glimpses though, Brad Needham looked lively on the right and was unfortunate to maybe not grab himself a goal when hitting the post.
Even though we lost 0-3, and the scoreline looks comfortable for Bridlington, it was an encouraging start from the boys in blue and we can take a number of positives forward for the friendly with North Ferriby on Tuesday night, which will provide another good test for us, also giving the lads an opportunity to test themselves against a side two divisions higher.
The atmosphere at the club especially in pre-season training is extremely positive and this will continue right through the coming season.
The squad didn’t appear to be to friendly towards each other though on Monday night though as a trip to St Paul’s Boxing gym saw their pre-season training pack a punch of a different kind.
It was all good fun though and it gave the lads an opportunity to build up their fitness levels.
Anybody that sees me tuck into our excellent half-time hospitality will know I’m partial to a bacon sandwich or twelve, it’s also true that you don’t weight 17 stone by eating salad right?
That’s why two weeks tomorrow you’ll find myself and others down at Haworth Park on our ground maintenance day, truth be told as soon as assistant coach Andrew Watts mentioned bacon and laying them on for those that come down, it immediately perked my interest.
I once joined a club on the promise of a bacon and tomato buttie, true story!
It’s also a good humored day and helps just spruce the place up a little bit, so anybody reading this, your help will be appreciated and in paid in return with a free sandwich.
We’ll start around 9 o clock and I’m sure they’ll be nothing to taxing or strenuous.
You may even get a mention in a ‘From the Press-Box’ as well.
Due to holiday, regrettably they’ll be no ‘From the Press Box’ next week, but it will return in a fortnight, but I do hope to see you all back at Haworth Park on Tuesday night for our 7.30pm kick off against North Ferriby.