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Town Academy ready for new season
THE Basingstoke Town Academy now boasts a total of 40 young footballers – and manager Jason Bristow is looking forward to another productive year.
The youngsters begin their education programme today at the start of a second year of full-time study and training at the Camrose.
Bristow said: “It’s going to be an interesting year. It’s the first time we have had so many lads and for them it will be great to train full-time.
“The new lads coming in have shown us how far the second years have come on and I cannot wait for the season to start.”
The league season starts next Wednesday, when they host Southampton (Sparsholt) at the Camrose.
A Basingstoke side made up of mainly first year scholars found it tough last year, but Bristow is expecting better things this time around. He said: “The leagues have been reorganised and, with a year’s experience under our belts, I would be disappointed if we did not perform well in the league.”
Pre-season has gone pretty well, with the academy winning two and drawing one of their six games, while young striker Stuart Parker was named on the bench for last weekend’s game against Staines.
“We have always said that there might be opportunities for lads in the academy if we have a lot of injuries,” Bristow said.
“Stuart may have only been on the bench but it’s great experience for him and bodes well for the future.”
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