Town Reserves set for Humber Premier test

Bridlington Town Reserves receive the East Riding County League trophy
Bridlington Town Reserves receive the East Riding County League trophy
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Bridlington Town Reserves collected the East Riding County League Premier Division trophy at the weekend, and have bigger plans for next season.

As well as stepping up to Humber Premier League Division One, the club are looking to start a third team to help more of the town’s talented youngsters make a start in the senior game.

Louis Gregory receives the Premier Division trophy from Roger Smith

Louis Gregory receives the Premier Division trophy from Roger Smith

Beaten only twice in 20 league games, Town Reserves finished 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Joint manager Terry Finney said he knew from day one that the squad were capable of such a good season.

“I remember saying in pre-season that we would win the league and only lose a couple of games and people said I was having a laugh.

“But I knew we had a really good team, pulling in the best young lads in the area, a few good players from Driffield and older players like Louis Gregory.

“It gave us a really good blend, and when we got to Christmas and we had only lost once, I knew then we wouldn’t be caught.”

Finney, who runs the team with John Kenney, said the game at Holme Rovers when a last-minute free-kick from Liam Fraser earned victory, was a pivotal match

“It was one of the definitive moments,” he added.

Matty Richardson and Louis Rafter won call-ups to the first-team squad and Finney believes the link between the two teams is improving.

He said: “We are definitely closer to the first team.

“We keep in touch and some of our lads have been invited to training.

“If we can get more lads involved with the first team, regardless of how we do in the Humber League next season, then we have done our job.”

Moving up a step holds no fear for Town’s squad as they showed they can compete in the East Riding Intermediate Cup final.

They held Humber League Division One champions North Ferriby Athletic to a 2-2 draw after extra-time, losing only on penalties.

“You couldn’t fault that performance, and it was awful to lose in that way, but we can take massive positives from it.

“It speaks volumes for how far we have come this season.

“Every player has played their part and a lot of them had not played at this level before.”

Town are now planning to operate a third team in the County League next season, using some of the fringe players from this season’s squad alongside the best teenagers who are stepping up from junior teams.

“We want all the best lads from the Bridlington area because they need to be playing at a higher level.

“People are starting to realise that things are being run properly, from training and pre-match warm-ups to even turning up at games in matching tracksuits, and the players deserve huge credit.”

The champions were sponsored by Rafters Electrical, Rafters Fruit and Veg and Pineapple Joes.