With just one defeat since that early-February reverse at Bottesford Town, eighth –placed Bridlington Town have enjoyed a fine sequence of form in all competitions –and ahead of his side’s Toolstation NCEL Premier Division match-up with Garforth Town 912th) at Queensgate tomorrow, Seasiders Manager Curtis Woodhouse is delighted to welcome back a key figure , writes Colin Muncie.
Curtis told the Bootiful Game “ I’m really looking forward to Saturday, I’m enjoying watching us play at the moment as we look very dangerous going forward and defensively my back five have been outstanding. We welcome Nicky McNamara back on Saturday which is a massive boost for us; people talk about players we have lost this season with long term captain Tom Fleming retiring and the mass exodus to the greener grass at North Ferriby. Tom had been a fantastic servant for Bridlington Town and was a player you could hang your hat on but his retirement was something I knew was coming, so I had prepared for and the honest truth is that of the lads who left to go to North Ferriby only Jack Walters would now get in our team. Nothing hit our season harder than losing Macca to a ruptured Achilles in the second game of the season. Nicky McNamara walks into anybody’s team at this level -and a good few levels above -so it’s great to have him back”.
Ringing the changes tomorrow isn’t something which worries Curtis. “I will again be rotating the squad as I have in the last few weeks and I’ve been really happy with the strength in depth we have shown” he said “ Whatever 16 I’ve put out, they have all stepped up to the plate. In my time at Bridlington Town, this is the best team/squad I’ve had; it’s taken a lot of hard work over the last 18 months -and at times it’s been very frustrating- but I feel I have finally moulded the squad into what I want both on the pitch and in the dressing room”.
Looking to next term, Curtis accepts that player recruitment will be key “ The summer is very big for us as we don’t throw silly money about” he admitted “ I’m sure my players will get offered more money, but in and around our area, no club can hold a candle to Bridlington Town ;so the only reason anybody would leave would be for an extra £20 or £30 a week, which seems to be the thing to do now -even at this level. My main aim is to keep everybody and add two or three more that have real quality and will solidify what we have built this season.”
“If we can do that -and have better luck with injuries than we have this season -then we can be genuine contenders on all fronts next season”.