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Two new recruits for Bourne Town after Martin Tudosa and Brad Marshall join the Wakes

Bourne Town have added two new signings to their title-winning squad as they prepare for life in the United Counties League Premier Division North.

Martin Tudosa and Brad Marshall have agreed to join the Wakes who have also retained a number of key players from last season's title-winning squad.

Marauding full-back Tudosa makes the switch from neighbours Blackstones after an impressive season for the Stamford side last term.

Martin Tudosa and James Hill-Seekings.
Martin Tudosa and James Hill-Seekings.

Marshall has been a target for Bourne boss Michael Goode who tried to sign the imposing central defender at the end of last season.

He had started the campaign at United Counties League Premier Division South side Daventry Town before ending the season at Corby Strip Mills who he helped win the Northants Combination Premier Division title.

The duo join 13 players from last season's squad who helped the Wakes win the United Counties League Division One championship.

Skipper Robbie Ellis - who was an integral part of their success - has agreed to return to the Abbey Lawn and he has been joined by goalkeeper Dan Swan who kept 20 clean sheets as the Wakes romped to the title triumph.

They conceded just 25 goals in their 40 league games last term and the defensive quartet of Richard Jones, Matt Cox and Dan Wilson as well as player-assistant boss Dan Flack have all committed for the new season.

Attackers Zak Munton - who netted 20 times last season - and 17-goal Will Bird have also agreed terms for the coming campaign along with top scorer James Hill-Seekings and Jack Wilson who joined towards the end of the season from Blackstones.

Henry Dunn
Henry Dunn

The highly-rated midfield trio of Henry Dunn, Shaun Archer and Zac Allen will also be returning as the Wakes prepare for their first season at step five of the non-league pyramid in nearly 15 years.

However, the Wakes have lost the services of Herbie Panting, Sam Wilson and Josh Edmondson who have decided to leave the club.

Bourne’s pre-season friendlies get underway with a trip to United Counties League Premier Division South side Yaxley on Tuesday, July 9.

They then host Pinchbeck United on Saturday, July 13, before entertaining St Neots at the Abbey Lawn on Tuesday, July 16.

A home match with Thurlow Nunn League side Downham Town has been arranged for Saturday, July 20, before the friendlies conclude at the Abbey Lawn against Holbeach United on Tuesday, July 23.

Bourne have been drawn at home to Premier Division North rivals Gresley Rovers in the preliminary round of the Sports Ground Development League KO Cup.

Deeping Rangers will travel to face Coventry United.

The Clarets start their friendlies on Saturday with a home match against National League North side King's Lynn.

That's followed by a home match with Grantham Town in the South Kesteven Charity Cup on Saturday, July 13.

They then visit Pinchbeck United on Wednesday, July 17, and will face a further match in the South Kesteven Charity Cup on Saturday, July 20.

The pre-season friendlies conclude when Deeping welcome Boston United Under 23s to the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Wednesday, July 24.

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