Ipswich and Colchester track progress of Brantham keeper

BRANTHAM Athletic goalkeeper Ryan Bedingfield is on the radar of both Ipswich Town and Colchester United after a string of impressive performances this season.

The displays of the 22-year-old last line of defence are one of the reasons that Brantham have been challenging for the Ridgeons League Premier Division title.

Bedingfield, who is aware of the interest, said: “I am only young, but it is good to have people watching you and it is good for your confidence.

“I would jump at the chance to turn professional if it ever came my way. I am aiming to improve every year I play, especially more mentally, which is so important for a goalkeeper.”

Bedingfield, who first played for Brantham when he was only nine-years-old, is in his third spell at the club following stints with AFC Sudbury, Stanway Rovers and Harwich & Parkeston.

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He rejoined Brantham two years ago and established himself as first-choice keeper during the season that ended with the club winning promotion to the Premier Division.

After struggling last season Brantham have been in the thick of the title race this time around, and Bedingfield said: “Everyone has grown up a lot since last year and we have also brought in new players such as Tom Wray, Alex Drennan and Josh Mayhew to strengthen the squad.”

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And although disappointed that Brantham decided against applying for possible promotion to Step 4 next season, Bedingfield believes the team is not ready yet.

“It is disappointing the club has decided not to apply for promotion because everyone wants to play at a higher level.

“But I don’t think we are ready to go up – a lot of players need a couple of more seasons in this league to gain more experience. There is not much difference in the skill level in the Ryman League, but it is more physical.”

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