Former Gloucester City U18s winger Lewis Bainbridge will be going into the 2019/20 season looking to enhance his reputation in the Men’s game after a productive season.
Bainbridge netted 12 times for the Young Tigers as they finished 3rd in the Premier Division South of the Midland Floodlit Youth League and also scored goals in the cups as part of a potent forward line.
As well as appearances for City, Bainbridge also turned out for Brimscombe & Thrupp Development in the Hellenic League Division Two West before signing for Shortwood United in the Western League and Bainbridge has already set his sights on improving his game and reputation next term.
“I think last season went really well and I really enjoyed the football I was playing at City U18s as well as enjoying the atmosphere of men’s changing room.
But next season I’m looking to further gain experience at a high standard and hopefully be part of a club try and win some silverware.” Bainbridge added.
Bainbridge caught the eye of us here at Severn Sport during Gloucester City U18s cup win over Slimbridge in December and was included in the Severn Sport Team of the Month after scoring two and grabbing an assist in the 5-2 victory.
During the season Bainbridge has played on the wing or even through the middle, so we asked the man himself about where he feels most comfortable on the pitch and whether playing U18s football has benefitted his start in the men’s game.
“I think playing in the U18s this year helped me gain confidence when playing back with my own age and feels like when I play in U18s the experience I’ve learnt in men’s football helps me a lot when I’m playing.
If it’s the right sort of game I think I’m effective on either wing but I do enjoying any kind of role through the middle as it’s a bit busier than out on the wing.
On the wing you don’t always get the ball and I find it a bit boring and frustrating if I don’t get on the ball.” Bainbridge said.