Crowe getting ready for season

Photo Neil Cross'New Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe for Big Interview
Photo Neil Cross'New Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe for Big Interview

BAMBER Bridge FC boss Neil Crowe says the pressure will be on the players to show they deserve a place in his squad for a promotion push this season.

Crowe will take his look at his players in his first of six pre-season sessions ahead of their glamour-friendly against League One giants Preston North End on July 9.

He said: “We have spent a lot of time working on preparing for the new season from the number of friendlies to training sessions.

“After the Preston game we will have one or two sessions between our matches so I can look at the players and see where they fit in.

“I am quite lucky because about 80-90 per cent of last year’s side have said that they want to come back for pre-season.

“I have talked to about five or six new lads who I think would put us on an even keel by bringing a bit more experience in a few more positions.

“I don’t want to reveal who they are until they have signed and after the pre-season I will have to whittle them down into a squad.

“We had a really good team spirit at the end of last season and I want to continue where we left off throughout pre-season.”

The Guardian revealed a fortnight ago that shot-stopper Ben Hinchcliffe had left the QED Stadium.

However, Crowe says he is not hunting for a replacement.

He said: “Lee Dovey played for the reserves last season and came in when Ben was injured.

“He did a good job and I promised him that if Ben went then he would be my first choice.

“We will wait to see how he plays during pre-season and then I won’t be looking for a keeper.”

Meanwhile, Bamber Bridge FC director of football George Halliwell expects striker Stephen Green to terrorize Evostik First Division North defences this season.

He said: “Stephen scored a lot of goals for the reserve team last year and he also played three times at the end of the season and scored three goals.

“I think he has earned a run in the team and he will get his fair share of goals.”