Striker back at Town but four move on

Joel Sutton during his first spell at Bridlington Town.
Joel Sutton during his first spell at Bridlington Town.

Bridlington Town returned to pre-season this week with a familiar face returning to their ranks.

Striker Joel Sutton, who was the club’s joint top scorer with 28 league goals in 2013/14, is back at Queensgate after a season at NCEL rivals Barton Town old Boys.

And although manager Gary Allanson is facing losing four of last season’s squad, he believes he only needs a few extra additions to his group of players.

Town gathered on Monday for the first time since their East Riding Senior Cup final win at the KC Stadium.

Allanson said: “We had a very good turnout for the first session with the majority of last season’s squad committing again for this season.

“The main addition for next season is the return of Joel Sutton who will be a fantastic signing for us again. He has great ability and I rate him highly and he has fitted in really well already.

“He will be a great asset for us as he fits perfectly into the way we play our football.

“We also have four or five new faces looking at us, but with it being this time of the season, there is a lot of interest from other clubs so until they sign the form and commit there isn’t a lot we can do. It is the usual merry-go-round.”

For the 2015/16 campaign, Town will be without Josh Heseltine, who is returning to America, and Jarrod Smalley, who has earned a scholarship in the USA for four years. Danny Smith’s work commitments at Hull City rule him out while midfielder Eddy Birch, who made more appearances than any other Town player last season, is on trial at Harrogate Railway but may return to Bridlington.

“We have a really good nucleus with the squad and are in a far better position than this time last season,” added Allanson.

“The reserves will be a lot closer to us this season and hopefully a couple of players will make the breakthrough, the door is open for them, but they have to push it wider to get in.”