Bridgwater Town announce new signings for the 2012/13 season

New man Chris McGrath. PHOTO: Tom Smith

New man Chris McGrath. PHOTO: Tom Smith

First published in Evo-Stick Southern One South & West Table & Results Bridgwater Mercury: Photograph of the Author by

TALENTED centre back Chris McGrath is among 14 players to have put pen to paper for Bridgwater Town’s 2012/13 season and manager Kevin Milsom said he is happy with the additions to the side.

McGrath, the son of former Manchester United and Ireland legend Paul McGrath, starred for rivals Taunton Town last season but has followed his former manager, Paul West, up the A38 to become a crucial signing for Town.

West’s influence has also, no doubt, been a key factor in Ollie Chamberlain, Tim Legg, Ross MacNab and the Veal brothers, Craig and Phillip, deciding to make the move to Fairfax Park.

Luke Purnell, who ended last season between the sticks at Fairfax Park, is staying, while Stuart Wood returns from Hungerford Town to add competition for the No 1 jersey, with live-wire Joe McClellan also joining from the Berkshire side.

Last season’s top goalscorer, Dave Pearse, will again be fighting the Robins’ cause, as is Bradley Middleton and youngster Tom Hurley, while Graham Mercieca returns after a brief sojourn at Taunton Town at the end of last season.

The final new recruit at present, Kye Mountford, joins from Toolstation Western League side Bristol Manor Farm – but there are more signings on the cards once holidays and other commitments are out of the way.

Milsom said: “We are very pleased with the signings and encouraged by what players we have been able to attract.

“We have a good mix of new players in the squad and it’s good to have them on board. Even though Graham [Mercieca] left last season it is great to have him back and he will fit in wonderfully well.”

To date, 14 players have agreed terms and signed on Evo-Stik League Southern forms.

Pre-season activity this week sees the side face Wellington tonight (July 31) at Fairfax Park and Cullompton away on Thursday (August 2) – both 7.45pm kick-off.

  • THE club’s annual general meeting has also been scheduled for August 22 at Fairfax Park with a 7pm start.

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11:47pm Tue 31 Jul 12

BTFCSEC says...

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Town gained a 3-0 home win over Toolstation League side Wellington in a pre-season friendly tonight (July31).

Bridgwater, who have signed a number of new players, won with goals by Craig Veal (first half penalty), Joe McClellan and a 25-yard screamer from Steve Fitzpatrick.

Town’s First Team are in action again this week with a trip to Cullompton Rangers on Thursday evening with a 7.45pm kick off, while the Reserves are at home against Middlezoy Rovers on Friday evening - also 7.45pm kick off.
From www.bridgwatertownfc -1984.co.uk Town gained a 3-0 home win over Toolstation League side Wellington in a pre-season friendly tonight (July31). Bridgwater, who have signed a number of new players, won with goals by Craig Veal (first half penalty), Joe McClellan and a 25-yard screamer from Steve Fitzpatrick. Town’s First Team are in action again this week with a trip to Cullompton Rangers on Thursday evening with a 7.45pm kick off, while the Reserves are at home against Middlezoy Rovers on Friday evening - also 7.45pm kick off. BTFCSEC
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11:32pm Thu 2 Aug 12

BTFCSEC says...

From www.bridgwatertownfc
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Town's First Team travelled to Devon to play Cullompton Rangers tonight (02/08) and came away with a 1-all draw with Graham Mercieca scoring for the Robins ten minutes before the half-time interval.

The home side started brightly and caused a few problems early doors. Their efforts were rewarded after ten minutes when a needlessly given away free kick 20 yards out on the right of the penalty area was superbly lofted into the far corner just evading the outstretched fingers of Stuart Wood in the Town goal.

This stung Town into action and as the half progressed the more they got on top.

However, as at Malmesbury a couple of weeks ago, the timing of the runs from Town's front men wasn't quite there and all too often the home side were saved by the assistant referee's raised flag.

The scores were levelled after 35 minutes when a fine lay-back by Phil Veal was smashed right through the back of the net by Mercieca.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with the home side having the better of the early exchanges and Town getting on top as the half progressed without finding the vital touch in front of goal.

The returning Mat Pitcher - and everyone else - thought he had won it for Town late in the game when he found the back of the net with a header during a goalmouth scramble, but the referee had other ideas and gave a free kick for an alleged push somewhere in the penalty area.
I
n all, this was a good workout for Town, but the management team will, no doubt, feel a little disappointed that they couldn't claim the win after having the better of things overall.

Town: Stuart Wood, Phil Veal, Kye Thomas, Jake Mawford, Chris McGrath, Mat Pitcher, Graham Mercieca, Kye Mountford, Dave Pearse, Tom Hurley, Zayne Simpson - used subs; Joe McClennan, Ollie Chamberlain, Craig Veal.

PS: Must give a mention to the 30-yard thunderbolt from Chris McGrath five minutes from time that left the Cullompton crossbar shaking until the end of the game - maybe a slight exaggeration, but he did hit it with some venom...!!!
From www.bridgwatertownfc -1984.co.uk Town's First Team travelled to Devon to play Cullompton Rangers tonight (02/08) and came away with a 1-all draw with Graham Mercieca scoring for the Robins ten minutes before the half-time interval. The home side started brightly and caused a few problems early doors. Their efforts were rewarded after ten minutes when a needlessly given away free kick 20 yards out on the right of the penalty area was superbly lofted into the far corner just evading the outstretched fingers of Stuart Wood in the Town goal. This stung Town into action and as the half progressed the more they got on top. However, as at Malmesbury a couple of weeks ago, the timing of the runs from Town's front men wasn't quite there and all too often the home side were saved by the assistant referee's raised flag. The scores were levelled after 35 minutes when a fine lay-back by Phil Veal was smashed right through the back of the net by Mercieca. The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with the home side having the better of the early exchanges and Town getting on top as the half progressed without finding the vital touch in front of goal. The returning Mat Pitcher - and everyone else - thought he had won it for Town late in the game when he found the back of the net with a header during a goalmouth scramble, but the referee had other ideas and gave a free kick for an alleged push somewhere in the penalty area. I n all, this was a good workout for Town, but the management team will, no doubt, feel a little disappointed that they couldn't claim the win after having the better of things overall. Town: Stuart Wood, Phil Veal, Kye Thomas, Jake Mawford, Chris McGrath, Mat Pitcher, Graham Mercieca, Kye Mountford, Dave Pearse, Tom Hurley, Zayne Simpson - used subs; Joe McClennan, Ollie Chamberlain, Craig Veal. PS: Must give a mention to the 30-yard thunderbolt from Chris McGrath five minutes from time that left the Cullompton crossbar shaking until the end of the game - maybe a slight exaggeration, but he did hit it with some venom...!!! BTFCSEC
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4:39pm Sat 4 Aug 12

BTFCSEC says...

Bridgwater Town conclude their pre-season schedule ahead of the start of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West season which starts on Saturday 18th August with two home games during the coming week.

On Tuesday evening (7 Aug) Hellenic League Division One West outfit Tytherington Rocks visit Fairfax Park with a 7.45pm kick off.

The Bristol-based side comfortably won their division last season, however, they were unable to gain promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division due to the lack of floodlights at their ground which is an FA requirement for all clubs at Step 5 in the National League System.

Then, on Saturday 11th August, Robins' fans have the chance to see what is being billed as an International Challenge Match when Welsh Premier League side Afan Lido visit Fairfax Park - kick off 3pm.

Admission for both these matches will be £5 for Adults, £3 for Seniors, while Juniors aged 16 and under are FREE.
Bridgwater Town conclude their pre-season schedule ahead of the start of the Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West season which starts on Saturday 18th August with two home games during the coming week. On Tuesday evening (7 Aug) Hellenic League Division One West outfit Tytherington Rocks visit Fairfax Park with a 7.45pm kick off. The Bristol-based side comfortably won their division last season, however, they were unable to gain promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division due to the lack of floodlights at their ground which is an FA requirement for all clubs at Step 5 in the National League System. Then, on Saturday 11th August, Robins' fans have the chance to see what is being billed as an International Challenge Match when Welsh Premier League side Afan Lido visit Fairfax Park - kick off 3pm. Admission for both these matches will be £5 for Adults, £3 for Seniors, while Juniors aged 16 and under are FREE. BTFCSEC
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8:16pm Sun 5 Aug 12

united says...

What is wrong with the BTFC web site? Also why can't the Murky put nothing on their web pages? Good luck to the Robins for the 2012/13 season.
What is wrong with the BTFC web site? Also why can't the Murky put nothing on their web pages? Good luck to the Robins for the 2012/13 season. united
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9:32pm Sun 5 Aug 12

BTFCSEC says...

United - please could you clarify what you mean by your comment about the BTFC website? Are you entering the correct website address with the - (hyphen) between FC and 1984...???

http://www.bridgwate
rtownfc-1984.co.uk

We are still having issues with the old site name (without the -) which we hope will be resolved soon.
United - please could you clarify what you mean by your comment about the BTFC website? Are you entering the correct website address with the - (hyphen) between FC and 1984...??? http://www.bridgwate rtownfc-1984.co.uk We are still having issues with the old site name (without the -) which we hope will be resolved soon. BTFCSEC
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11:10pm Sun 5 Aug 12

united says...

That explains why I have had not been able to see your results or keep up to date with the club news! Thank for letting me know.
Will you be live streaming games to the internet this season?
That explains why I have had not been able to see your results or keep up to date with the club news! Thank for letting me know. Will you be live streaming games to the internet this season? united
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