Bamber Bridge, Buxton, Stalybridge Celtic and Scarborough Athletic
The last four sides to feature on our ‘Opposition in Focus are Bamber Bridge, Buxton, Stalybridge Celtic and Scarborough Athletic. Firstly, we’ll focus on Bamber Bridge and Buxton.
Bamber Bridge and Buxton
These two sides faced contrasting ends to their 2018/19 campaign, with Buxton finishing in 5th place, whilst Bamber Bridge had to make do with a 16th place finish.
The latter won just 10 games last season, the third lowest win tally in the division. They lost 18 of their league fixtures, whilst Buxton flipped those figures, winning 18 and losing 10.
Bamber Bridge’s aim would have been to secure themselves in the league, after only just being promoted the season before. Buxton improved on their 17/18 season where they finished in 9th place. So, the managers of both sides will be satisfied with how their teams did last season.
In terms of signings, Bamber Bridge have added the likes of versatile attacker and familiar face Gary Pett to their ranks, along with former Kidderminster forward Danny Pilkington. Brig have also signed former Lancaster City left-back Adam Sumner and another familiar face in winger Ryan White.
Buxton have signed goalkeeper Grant Shenton and former Ossett United skipper Alex McQuade, in an attempt to tighten up even more at the back. The Bucks have also added former Preston North End youngster Reece Fishwick to their squad, along with two forwards in the form of experienced Martin Pilkington and former Sheffield United man Diego De Girolamo.
Stalybridge Celtic and Scarborough Athletic
Stalybridge ended their season poorly, losing four of their last five and finishing in a disappointing 17th place. That season was an improvement to their 17/18 campaign, in which they finished in 22nd place after losing their last five league fixtures. Meanwhile, Scarborough Athletic enjoyed a comfortable first season in the Northern Premier League, finishing in a solid 8th place after just being promoted in their 17/19 campaign.
Scarborough were solid in terms of goals scored, they ended up racking up the third highest amount of goals scored last season, with 70. Whereas Stalybridge only managed to score 46 goals whilst shipping a worrying amount as well. They conceded 62 goals in the league, whist Scarborough also conceded a poor amount of goals, letting 56 shots find the back of the net.
In terms of signings this summer, Stalybridge have made numerous additions, including the signings of left sided player Kallum Mantack, attackers Cameron Moore and Liam MacDevitt, along with the exciting addition of Manchester United ‘keeper Alex Fojtíček on loan. The club has also added defenders Anthony Whitehead and Adam Freeland.
Scarborough have also made additions to their squad, with defender Ross Killock being snapped up by the club recently. Luke Lofts has also signed up from North Ferriby, along with talented winger Wayne Brooksby. Composed midfielder Matty Dixon has also joined the Seadogs.