There have been plenty of incoming players over the summer months as player-manager Neil Bailey builds his new-look Almondsbury. However, the Toolstation Western League Division One club have announced they have retained a number of last season`s squad.
Staying on are big striker Stu Alexander, who will be looking to build a dangerous partnership with new signing Russ Church, Keelan Mastouras, a no-nonsense right-back and seen as an important addition for the upcoming season, and Josh Scully-Rogers, who can play a multitude of positions and will be important use to Bailey throughout the campaign.
Lewis Sheppard is a young left-back who has come on leaps and bounds since joining at the beginning of last season. He will be looking to make that left-back slot his own this season.
Experienced goalkeeper Matt Semple is back for another year to guard between the sticks for Bailey`s side, while full-back Jordan Davies, who can also accommodate other positions throughout the team, has also signed on for the upcoming exciting season.
The Almonds have completed the signings of two highly-rated youngsters
Lewis Harvey and Marley Walters join from the Bristol academy and have both featured heavily in Almondsbury’s pre-season campaign.
Harvey is a ball-playing centre-back, whilst Walters is an exciting attacking player.
Bailey said he was excited by the prospect of both youngsters joining the club and carries on a strong tradition of the club bringing through exciting youth talent.
Bailey also swooped to sign Harry Brock and Chris Church.
Church returns to the club to join his brother Russ as the family re-unite on the football pitch.
The experienced centre-back, who numbers Brislington, Clevedon Town and Little Stoke amongst his previous clubs, is an important addition to the squad which add valuable Western League experience to the back line.
Meanwhile, Brock is another former Bristol academy graduate who joins the ranks to add to the mixture of youth and experience in the side.
And, following a successful pre-season trial, Luke Webster has put pen-to-paper.
The former Wessex Wanderers` winger signed on with the club after impressing Bailey throughout training and friendlies.
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Bailey said: “It’s great to finally have Luke on board, it has been one that has taken some time over the summer to tie up. He’s new to the level but it will be great to see what he can do.”
Webster’s opportunities at this level have been restricted in previous years due to a number of bad knee injuries that have kept him out of football for extended periods of time. However, he successfully came back from an ACL knee injury recently scoring a mountain of goals in the Bristol Suburban Division Two for Wessex Wanderers which helped them to gain promotion to Division One last season.