Pilmoor hoping to make the grade at Athletic

Josh Pilmoor (blue shirt) in action for Bridlington Rovers last season.
Josh Pilmoor (blue shirt) in action for Bridlington Rovers last season.

It’s a big step from the Driffield League to the EvoStik League, but Bridlington’s Josh Pilmoor is hoping to bridge the gap.

After being part of the title-winning Bridlington Rovers squad last season, the 20-year-old is looking to make the most of his chance at Scarborough Athletic.

They held a trials day before their pre-season programme got underway and Pilmoor was one of four players who impressed the management duo of Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot.

As a result, he was invited to join the Seadogs for their friendlies at Barton Town Old Boys and Hull United, alongside fellow triallists Ryan Sciberras, Stephane Djedje and George Wilson.

Speaking after a 5-3 win at Barton, where Pilmoor came on as a second-half sub, Foot said: “He did well, he impressed. The more he got into the game, the more he tried to do little things and nice passes.

“He kept trying to play and was always listening to players around him. If he comes good, then the trials game will have been a success.”

Bridlington Rovers manager Lee Thomson said: “Josh has been with us for three seasons, winning the league twice and the Don Bemrose Trophy, and has played a major part in Rovers’ recent success.

“He can play anywhere across midfield at Driffield League level but I think he has everything in his locker to play at a higher level as a left back or left wing-back.

“He has a great first touch good in the tackle and strong. He has a good leap so can head the ball well, but with a turn of pace and a lovely delivery, I think his future lies at fullback as the modern day full back is more than just a defender.

“He’s just turned 20 years old so still has time to develop as a player.”