Brig hoping stability proves key factor

George Bowyer in action for Bamber Bridge v Warrington.
George Bowyer in action for Bamber Bridge v Warrington.

Bamber Bridge FC are all systems go now pre-season is underway.

Two signings have been made over the summer – both which were announced in May – and all of the Brig squad can’t wait for the opening fixture of their Evo-Stik Division One North fixture on August 17.

The returning George Bowyer and Elliott Hunt are the new additions to the squad – and assistant manager Neil Reynolds is more than happy with the club’s business.

He said: “This season we want a squad of around 20 to 21 players.

“We aren’t the sort of club to go and make six or seven signings in the closed season.

“We strengthened the areas we wanted to and that’s the main thing.”

Brig do find themselves in a unique position with business done and dusted barely after the season finished, but Reynolds thinks the players only benefit from this.

He added: “Players can go away knowing they have a club to come back to.

“We as a management team also had the luxury knowing that everybody decided to stay rather than move on.”

Brig’s excellent end-of-season run of form saw Brig then finish ninth last term.

And Reynolds definitely wants the squad to pick up where they left off.

He said: “It’s important that we can kick on from last season.

“The form was excellent and we are all eager to get going again.”

After the club’s financial struggles last year, Brig already have secured new tracksuits and an agreement with Fulwood Academy to use their facilities to train on.

Reynolds said: “Fulwood Academy can now be our base.

“Last season we always trained on our own pitch, but now we can leave the pitch for matchdays and use Fulwood for everything else.

“The facilities are excellent and they have both grass pitches and 3G pitches.”

Ahead of the new season, Brig have secured two lucrative friendlies against Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers.

The PNE game will be held July 17 and the Blackburn game on July 26.

Reynolds said: “The Preston game is the big one for me.

“Working at a school in Preston, it’s great for the kids as the majority of those support Preston and obviously I’m with Bamber Bridge.

“So for me personally, it’s a huge game because we usually have crowds of more than 1,500 for it, and then there is the school factor.”

With the Evo-Stik League set to announce fixtures on July 17, Reynolds and his squad are only targeting one thing from this 2013/14 season.

He said: “I’ve already said about finishing above ninth but our real aim is to get promotion or into those play-offs.

“We want to use our unique position to strengthen us and with the new training ground .

“Everyone is going to work hard and play hard and we will all be giving 100% throughout the full season.”