MUST READ! Woodhouse gives his verdict on the forthcoming NCEL season!

Outgoing Bridlington Town manager Curtis Woodhouse is always value for money in his words and today he is no exception as he dissects his side and the challengers around them in the title race.

“We have had a very good pre-season and with the turnover of players we have had it was important we got use to each other quickly and I got over what I wanted and expected from the new lads and I feel that’s been done.

“We have added quality in the forward areas with Shaquille Mckenzie and Nathan Modest who have been at every game and every training session traveling over from Sheffield when nobody is being paid so that’s full credit to both them two and they have both had very good preseasons and quickly becoming favourites with the fans, both inject some real pace into the side and work rate as well so I’m pleased with them two.

“We also signed Joe McFadden and Ben Flowerdue who also play in forward positions and both have scored goals and looked really lively in pre-season so that’s been pleasing as well.

“Probably the biggest name to sign was the capture of Nathan Doyle who has seen it and done it at the highest level and has got better and better as pre-season has gone on and his qualities on the ball give us a new dimension.

-Terry Barwick has also done really well in pre-season and gives us a winning mentality I’ve not always seen at Bridlington Town, he demands high standards from people around him and at the age he is still wants to win and that rubs off on everybody else and Terry will be huge for us this season.

“Mike Thompson coming in at left back has been a big plus and gives us some balance and defensive know how at left back what we really lacked last season and Mike has again had a good preseason, he’s a competitor which I like.

“Two lads you won’t of heard of are Tom Jackson our goalkeeper and Jack Bulless our centre back, Tom has had an outstanding preseason and will be a very good addition to the team and starts off as our number 1. Already Tom has made good saves at important times and that’s been really encouraging for me. Jack was playing local pub league football last season and asked if he could come down pre-season and have a trial and has grown with each session and each game and has earned his spot in the starting 11 for Saturday. He’s strong and aggressive and being left footed gives us some really nice balance to our back four and I expect him to grow and grow as the season goes on.

“Our ambitions are as always to try and win the league but every year it gets harder and harder with only one going up and the amount of money get thrown around, people buying players and teams around us like Barton throwing silly money around but for how long who knows?

“We have increased our budget from last season and we needed to if we were looking to compete, I expect it to be a tight league and same as in everything money rules.

“I think anybody finishing above Handsworth this year will win the league, they have a EvoStik squad to be honest and have a very good manager and a very good chairman so I make them red hot favourites. Worksop Town will also be expecting to go very close to winning the league and you can see by recruitment winning it is what they expect. Penistone are a good side, Hemsworth are always a hard nights work, Maltby again have invested heavily and will be strong and I see Knaresborough being in the mix as well.

“It will be a good league and as soon as a play-off system is introduced what is a good league would become a great one. Good luck to everybody, as always the best team will win it.”

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