Pre-season will be better this year says Town boss

Brett Agnew in action against Hall Road Rangers

Brett Agnew in action against Hall Road Rangers

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Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson wants his squad to hit the ground running this season.

The Seasiders returned to action on Tuesday, drawing 0-0 in their opening pre-season friendly at Hall Road Rangers.

Ash Allanson has returned from a  long-term injury

Ash Allanson has returned from a long-term injury

Despite finishing an impressive fifth in the NCEL, Allanson believes last season’s pre-season preparations were below-par.

Town were forced to use players out of position in their early games and Allanson said: “I think that cost us being really successful, along with a really poor pre-season.

“So, through the close season, assistant managers Wayne Lewis, Danny Brunton and myself had numerous conversations to correct these issues.

“We targeted the players we wanted and put a pre-season plan together so we would be right for the beginning of the season.”

Brunton has stepped up to joint assistant manager and will increase his physio work, while stepping back from first team playing duty.

“I wanted him to have more of a say in the dressing room and the younger players will benefit enormously from his input and experience,” said Allanson.

Town welcome a Leeds United Under-21s team to Queensgate for a friendly on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

“All the players have worked very hard with the pre-season programme we have put on - no egos, no moaning,” said Allanson. “They are all settled and are all looking over their shoulders as the competition for places is white-hot.

“Tom Fleming is looking fitter than I have seen for two or three years and Ash Allanson is back after his long injury so he will be like a new signing for us.

“Brett Agnew didn’t join us until late in the season and was carrying a hernia problem, he has now had an operation for this so will be firing on all cylinders.

“We have a really strong squad which gives us lots of options to play different systems, hopefully we can keep them all happy.”