Faulkner delighted to be a home Town star

James Faulkner celebrates his goal
James Faulkner celebrates his goal

James Faulkner netted his first-ever Bridlington Town goal in the 5-0 home win against Garforth on Saturday, and is eyeing more success for his hometown club.

Midfielder Faulkner, 24, started the season with the Bridlington Town Reserves team, but has made a flying start to life in the Seasiders first-team.

He said: “Curtis (Woodhouse) asked me to come along to training and said he was going to give me a chance in the first-team against Worksop and I have not looked back since.

“I have played well, set up a few goals, been captain, and scored on Saturday, although I have to admit I did not feel it was my best performance.

“To play for your home-town club is a great feeling and Curtis was true to his word as he has always said any local lads should come to training with the first team and give it a go, Archie (Brown) and myself have both moved up from the reserves.”

The former Bridlington Rangers junior is one of several locally-based players in the Town line-up, including youngster Archie Brown, Jake Day and Chris Jenkinson.

“We all do some coaching at Chris Kirkham Soccer School, so it is great for the junior footballers to see that local lads can move up and play for Town.

“I feel that there are plenty more local players who could force their way into the team, and I believe it helps boost the fans when Bridlington-based lads are playing for Bridlington Town.

“I started off with Brid Rangers as a junior then played with East Riding and Humberside from eight to 18, going onto play with North Ferriby at youth level.

“After university I came back to play for Brid Town Reserves with John Kenny, my old junior team boss, and in the first season we won the league and a couple of cups.”

The lads have made it very easy for me to settle into the team, I think knowing Jake, Archie, Jenks, Jamie Williamson and Danny Buttle, as well as Andy Norfolk and Joel Sutton, has certainly helped.

“It is also good that Curtis is giving local lads from the reserves a proper chance, not just a few minutes here and there.

“My dad is my biggest fan and also my biggest critic, he was the first one to say to go for it and play for the first team.

“There is a great feeling at the club at the moment with all the local lads, I am glad to be a small part of this good feeling and helping the club.

“We can feel it all as players that something good is happening at the moment, our loss the other night at Liversedge was our first defeat in 19 games, and hopefully we can go on and win at Shirebrook Town in tonight’s League Cup quarter-final.”

Faulkner is also enjoying being at the heart of the Town midfield at present, it being his preferred position.

He said: “Like most juniors I started out as a striker but I began i perform better as a central midfielder, and although I can play anywhere across midfield I prefer to be in the centre.”