Town’s squad boosted by four new signings

Gareth Owen in action for Barton Town Old Boys against Bridlington last season.
Gareth Owen in action for Barton Town Old Boys against Bridlington last season.

Bridlington Town manager Gary Allanson said he had manage to attract all of his targets after revealing four new players for the 2016/17 season.

The Seasiders have brought in Hall Road Rangers captain Mike Thompson, and three players from Barton Town Old Boys, Kurtis Bedford, Danny Chambers and Gareth Owen, who is returning for his second spell at Queensgate.

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“Our first priority was to get as many players from last season to commit and 99% have, so we were very happy with that,” said Allanson.

“We then looked at what we needed to strengthen us and give us more quality in depth, bearing in mind the first few games of last season we had Craig Hogg and James Whittingham as our centre backs and Tom Fleming as our main striker.

“They all did a magnificent job for us but it was square pegs in round holes if we are being honest.

Thompson is a left-footed defender who can play at centre-half or full back. “He is 6ft 3ins, quick, strong, competitive and is a natural leader,” Allanson added.

The manager described Bedford as a ‘no-nonsense defender’ who has represented England Schools and England Colleges.

Striker Chambers was prolific in Hull City’s youth teams and Allanson said: “He has great quality and was at Barton last season but didn’t play much because of injury.

“He has also played at North Ferriby and Ossett. He is a great signing for us and will complement the other forward players we have.

“He is very similar to Joel Sutton, in that he has fallen out of love with football a little, but we should be able to solve this with the way we play and look after players.”

Owen had a season with Bridlington in 2011, before moving to Barton and Allanson said: “He is very experienced at this level now and he is a fantastic team player who works very hard and scores his fair share of goals.

“He can also play three or four different positions, so a great acquisition for us.”