There is a lot of change going on at Bourne Town FC with a new manager bringing in fresh players but one thing that remains constant is the passion and commitment of club stalwart Darren Munton.
Munton, who has been involved with the club as a player and manager, stepped down as manager at the end of the season but on Monday night he and Steve Elger were appointed joint chairmen of the UCL Division One club at the annual general meeting.
The club’s first team will be managed next season by Raffa Mazzarella who comes in from Peterborough Northern Star Reserves.
So far Mazzarella has been putting the players through their paces and on Thursday the senior squad took part in a full scale practice game.
After the match, the club website reported: “Faces old and new looked to be enjoying the game with some of the new lads showing off their skills.
“On the downside, Dan Mason injured himself in training on Tuesday and will be out for about eight weeks with ankle ligament injury. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
Despite disappointing results last season, coming second from bottom of the league, new boss Mazzarella said he is prepared to give “the benefit of the doubt” to last season’s squad while he finds his best combinations.
Bourne began their pre-season programme last night against Stilton before another home game with Riverside on Tuesday.
Mazzarella said: “We’ve had a few sessions to get back into it but we are nowhere near where we need to finish.
“A lot of new players have come in and I still need to see plenty of last season’s squad.
“They will be given the benefit of the doubt until I make my mind up about the squad.
“They will play in the majority of our friendlies and at the moment everyone seems in pretty good spirits.
“I’ve been pleased with the integration of the first team squad and reserves training together as well. They are all keen and looking forward to the season.”
Bourne will also play Sleaford Town at home on July 22 (7.45pm), and travel just down the road to newly-promoted PDFL Premier Division side Langtoft United on Tuesday, July 29 (7pm).
On Saturday, August 2, the Wakes will play Stamford AFC at the Abbey Lawn in the Wilf Notley Cup before getting their UCL Division One season underway at home to Irchester United on Saturday, August 9 (3pm).