Town warm-up for champions’ visit with two wins and a draw

Banbridge Town v Wakehurst: � Edward Byrne Photography INBL14-241EB
Banbridge Town v Wakehurst: � Edward Byrne Photography INBL14-241EB

Banbridge Town have been warming up for the new season and the visit of Irish League champions Cliftonville with a number of pre-season games.

Preparations under new manager Ryan Watson have been progressing well with promising results in their three pre-season friendly fixtures to date.

They opened with a 1-1 draw against Mid-Ulster Intermediate A front runners Camlough Rovers at Cheney Park - the goal coming from new signing Gary Boyle (ex. Warrenpoint Town) and a brother of former Town star John Boyle.

They followed this on Tuesday July 16 with an impressive 4-0 victory over reformed Newry City at the latter’s Showgrounds pitch.

Conor Downey showed he has lost none of his goalscoring prowess with a fine hat-trick and Gary Boyle scored again in his second appearance for Town.

On Saturday last they broke new ground with a visit to Dublin to play Wayside Celtic in a first ever tie with the Dublin side and came away with a 1 - 0 victory thanks to 44th minute goal from Adam Pedlow.

This was another good footballing performance with Glen Waddell giving a man-of-the-match performance.

These friendlies have shown that their is a great spirit among the squad with players like Stephen Greene, Mark Teggart, Damian McParland, Conor Downey, Steven O’Neill, Adam Pedlow, Gary Boyle, Stephen Cairnduff, Ryan Gourley, Glen Waddell andDanny Johnson among others showing to the fore. Hope springs eternal!

Next Saturday (July 27) is the pre-season glamour friendly when Premier League Champions Cliftonville visit Crystal Park for the annual Bob Larmour Memorial Cup match (kick-off 3pm).

Having just returned from their Champions League clash with SPL champions Celtic they are sure to draw a big crowd to Crystal Park to honour the late Bob, a Town stalwart for many years and who was a fervant Cliftonville supporter having been born in Belfast.