Bedford Town sign first new player for next season from Aylesbury United Bedford News

Eagles new signing Tyrone Lewthwaite playing for Aylesbury United last season Photo by Mike Snell
Eagles new signing Tyrone Lewthwaite playing for Aylesbury United last season Photo by Mike Snell

He joins the Eyries from Aylesbury United, having scored five goals in their last twelve games of the campaign.

“Everyone at the club was impressed when we saw Ty play against us on the last day of the season,” manager Gary Setchell said, speaking to

“He looked like a real handful and caused us problems throughout the game. I’m sure he will fit in well alongside Connor (Tomlinson) and our other attacking players to create and score plenty of chances.”

Lewthwaite, 21, was with Rotherham as a youngster where he made substitute appearances in the Championship.

After leaving Yorkshire he signed for Hampton & Richmond Borough in the National League South. With seasons cut short due to the pandemic, he had further stints at Beaconsfield and Walton Casuals before ending with the Ducks. He also represented Northern Ireland at the European U19 Championships.

Lewthwaite joins Callum Donnelly after signing PitchingIn Southern League sign-up forms at the Eyrie. Donnelly, who scored six goals in his title-winning campaign last year, is entering his sixth season at the club.

The 33-year-old midfielder arrived at the Eyrie in 2017/18, moving from Hitchin Town where he made over 300 appearances. His previous clubs also include Cambridge City and Boreham Wood. Since joining in 2017/18, he has made 135 appearances in a Bedford shirt.

Setchell added: “I’m delighted Callum has agreed to stay on for another season. He was our midfield bite last season, and playing alongside DS (Danny Setchell), Hugh (Alban Jones) and Joe ( Butterworth) gave us a real engine in the middle of the park.”

Also joining the Southern League Premier Division Central football-ready squad in August are contract players Connor Tomlinson, Hugh Alban Jones, Drew Richardson and Elliot Duffy.

The Eagles completed their pre-season fixture list by adding the traditional visit of National League side Wealdstone on Saturday July 23 for a 1pm kick-off.

They have also announced that they will host a Luton Town XI for a friendly later this summer.

Paul Benson will bring a Hatters XI to the Eyrie on Tuesday, August 2, with the game starting a little earlier at 7 p.m.

The Hatters game will wrap up the Eagles’ pre-season campaign, before the hard work of Step 3 football kicks off on Saturday August 6.

The full pre-season schedule so far is:

Saturday 2 July, 3pm – Biggleswade FC – home.Tuesday 5 July, 7.45pm – Barnet FC – home.Friday 8 July, 7.45pm – Stotfold FC – away.Tuesday 12 July, 7.45pm – Peterborough Sports FC – home.Saturday 16 July, 3pm – Harborough Town FC – away.Tuesday 19 July, 7.45pm – Hemel Hempstead Town FC – home.

Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. – Wealdstone – home. Saturday July 30, 3 p.m. – AFC Dunstable – away. Tuesday August 2, 7 p.m. – Luton Town XI – home.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-19 21:05:23

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