Brig looking strong ahead of new season

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Bamber Bridge are set to be the surprise package in this seasons Evo-Stik League Northern Division One.

Last season Brig finished ninth in the league and had an excellent second half of the season.

They have strengthened the squad signing right back George Bowyer aswell as securing a deal for AFC Fylde winger Aaron Fleming and they have also taken Fylde striker Ben Duffield on trial.

Division One will be a tough league to get out of this year with the likes of Lancaster, Northwich Victoria and Warrington Town all having plenty of money at their disposal.

But Brig showed last season money doesn’t mean everything and I definitely feel that a good solid start to the season will only mean positive things for the Irongate faithful.

Ali Waddecar is a definitely a man to keep an eye on as he has a great history of scoring goals at this level.

Former Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Thompson is another man to watch after impressing at the back end of last season.

But my man to watch this season is centre half Roberto Bonaminio.

Bonaminio has featured a number of times for the first team and has really impressed this pre-season.

Reynolds, who also thinks Bonaminio has impressed, said: “Roberto has been excellent this pre-season and has really impressed and he wants to make that centre half spot his own.”

Reynolds has been pleased with the way things have gone this season and was impressed by both performances against Southport and Coppull United.

He added: “We played very well against Southport and could have took something from the game.

“The Coppull wasn’t as good as we didn’t play well in the first half.

“But in the second half we played excellent and it showed coming from two nil down to win 3-2.”

After a solid pre-season and ticking all the boxes were they needed to strengthen , there are good things predict ed for Brig.

They have strikers that score plenty of goals but are also solid in defence.

No matter how tough this season is, Brig can better last year and sneak a play off place by finishing fifth.