Confidence running high at Dukes Park for new season

Sports Club manager Paul Smith with Neil Colley and George Ansell of sponsors Richie'S Cafe Bar.
Sports Club manager Paul Smith with Neil Colley and George Ansell of sponsors Richie'S Cafe Bar.

An opening day defeat could not dent the confidence around Bridlington Sports Club as their new season got underway on Saturday.

The club has revealed a new structure, which sees three teams in action for 2015/16, operating in the Humber Premier League, East Riding County League and Driffield League.

The first team, again managed by Paul Smith, kicked off with a 3-1 defeat at Hessle Rangers on Saturday.

Their pre-season got off to a disastrous start when Ben Gregory suffered a serious leg fracture and ankle dislocations which will put him out until the new year.

The 3-1 defeat at NCEL side Rossington Main also saw club captain Carl Harrison suffer a reoccurrence of a knee injury, ruling him out for up to six weeks.

Other friendlies included a 3-2 defeat to Park Athletic and wins over a Hall Road Rangers XI, Brandesburton and Flamborough 1sts.

Smith said: “Pre-season has gone well with some new players coming to the club in Billy Tyler, Dom Richardson, Rob Emms, Joe Clarkson-Hall.

“Two exciting young players Jacob Brown and Jack Almond have progressed from the Reserves and two more Mark Davidson and Michael Tate have returned to the club from Humber Premier League Division One promotion winners Driffield EI in.

“We are hoping to build on progress from the previous couple of seasons where we have retained our Premier DIvision place.

“The larger squad will make the team more competitive against some of the best amateur teams in the Hull and surrounding area.”

“It is also exciting that we will have three teams competing in three local leagues for the first time which span a range of levels and offers a number of opportunities for Bridlington players to get involved with senior football at the club.

The Albion squad, who won East Riding County League Division One last year have moved to Dukes Park and will operate as Sports Club’s second string, managed by Luke Cowling and Daniel Lowe.

Stu Wilson will run the third team, who are called Sports Club Reserves, and will play in Driffield League Division One

“We’ve never had a link between the different teams before but now we’ll be training, playing, fund-raising together.

“Hopefully it will work out well,” added Smith

Players are still welcome for all three teams. Call 07958 033162 for details.