Bridlington Town’s league season gets underway on Saturday, with a youthful new squad keen to make an impression on the Northern Counties East League.
Pre-season has seen friendly wins over Rossington Main, a Scarborough league Representative XI, Bedlington Terriers, Bacup and Rossendale Borough and Selby Town, and a defeat to tenants Scarborough Athletic.
But the real business gets underway this weekend with a trip to Staveley Miners Welfare, near Chesterfield.
Manager Gary Allanson said: “The pre-season has gone very well with structures being put in place and the foundations starting to be built, but we are now looking towards Saturday and the start of the season with the away trip to Staveley.
“We have some very talented youngsters come to us in the close season and we have managed to give them a taste of first team football.
“We are in transition and looking at the longer term with these younger players but they have acquitted themselves very, very well and with the experienced players who have stayed very loyal to us, I am sure we can build for the future.
“We have had some good pre-seasongames, particularly against Bacup and Selby, which tested our character to the limit with two feisty encounters to say the least.
“I think some of the Bacup players had definitely missed breakfast
“But this is what pre-season is all about and tests the players in different ways. Pre-season is a difficult time as players come and go and keep you holding on for as long as possible before committing, players will go and train with numerous clubs and decide which is best for them and will either stay around or move on which is the case with us at the moment, but that is something we get used to and have to adapt to it.
“Andy Foster, Steve Mulligan, Darren Hemmings, myself and Gary Corlyon from the new Under 21s team, and John Kenney and Dave Grosse from the Reserves have worked tirelessly over the summer to bring the right players in with the emphasis on young, energetic players to give us a new dimension.
“We have managed to attract some good lads and now we need to keep hold of them and nurture them for the future.
“We feel the foundation and structure of the club is now set up and the calibre of players we are attracting and the training sessions have been first class.
“We all have to move on at some point and have to make brave decisions, but the ultimate goal is to make sure it is in the best interests of the club.
“Chairman Pete Smurthwaite has backed the club for many years now and deserves success.
“He is showing fantastic support to us, the backroom staff, and we are working our socks off to bring some success to the club for him which he richly deserves, he is a very proud and passionate man and hopefully that will filter down to all the players on the pitch.”