Watkins and Hull sign for Eagles

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Bedford Town FC have re-signed former favourite Tommy Hull for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.

The midfielder is a familiar face to many Eagles fans having played for the club last term before moving to Royston Town in January.

However, the club announced this week that he has re-joined, plus confirming a deal has been agreed to bring in talented central midfielder Adam Watkins.

The 24-year-old has Conference experience with Luton Town, playing 58 times for the Hatters, scoring nine goals, while last season he was with Dunstable Town.

Bedford have also confirmed the addition of 19-year-old winger Domenico Morgillo.

The wideman has impressed in pre-season and, like George Boland, has joined from Milton Keynes College.

Eagles rounded off their friendly campaign in some style at the weekend, with a 7-3 hammering of Ardley United.

The visitors were 2-0 up early on as Phil Draycott scored twice, before Lee Hawkes made it 3-0.

Boss John Taylor replaced Danny Watson and Draycott at the interval with Josh Bamfford and George Boland and it was Boland who was next on the scoresheet, as Eagles went 4-0 up.

Billy Pinney came on for Hawkes, as Ardley pulled a goal back, before Bedford quickly regained the ascendancy when Watkins found the net.

Watkins made way for Tom Roberts, before Morgillo replaced Josh Beech as Bamford hit Bedford’s sixth with a superb free kick.

Ardley pulled another back, but Eagles had a seventh through Dominic Morgan-Griffiths.

Although Ardley completed the scoring, Bedford could be more than happy with their afternoon’s work.

Bedford begin their Southern League Division One Central season at one of the favourites Farnborough on Saturday.

The Eagles then return to the Eyrie for their first home match of the campaign as they entertain Royston Town on Tuesday evening.

>> The funeral of Rita Mabbott will take place at 2pm on Friday at Cople Church. The family welcome all Eagles supporters who wish to attend and encourage people to wear scarves and Bedford Town shirts.

After the service, the wake will be held at the Five Bells pub.