Bartle returns; backroom changes

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THE Seagulls have Danny Bartle available again after suspension as we face two away games in four days against bottom five opponents which could propel the Bay into the top half of the table if other results go in our favour.

The Bay are currently four points off eleventh spot after Bamber Bridge and Kendal both dropped points this week.

We travel to fourth-bottom Mossley on Saturday (April 8) and fifth-bottom Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday (April 11) – with only relegated Burscough having a worse home record than either of them.

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Manager Phill Hadland, who has announced some backroom changes this week, has a tough decision to make whether to change the side that won 6-0 last weekend to bring Danny back in, but says: “We now have healthy competition for places and that is what we have been aiming to achieve with the signings we have made over the last few weeks.

“The lads who came off the bench against Burscough all did well, particularly Iwan Cartwright, and we need that competition.

The manager is now looking for the side to take last Saturday’s performance into the last five games and build some momentum to take into next season.

“It would be good to start the new campaign with a nucleus of the same squad so that we can hit the ground running.

“It has really penalised the club in recent years having to start each season with a brand new set of players. You can’t keep doing that and be successful.

“I’d like to think that all the lads want to be here next season when we aim to be pushing for promotion. Nothing will be decided until after the final game, but if players want to stay then they have to keep performing at their highest level. It is in their hands.

“This is a top club which has been under achieving in the last few years, but if we get the professionalism right on and off the field, which I believe we are now doing, we can only go forward.”

Meanwhile there has been some changes off the field this week with  assistant managers Dave Hughes and Rick Ward leaving the club.

The manager commented: “I would like to personally thank both Dave and Rick for their support over the last few months.

“In recent times, since the Lancaster game, I have introduced Graeme Taylor to the management team to support the team and  myself as we continue to build for next season.”

The club would also like to thank Dave and Rick for their efforts on behalf of the football club and wish them the best of luck for the future.