WAKES boss Darren Munton says the club is making great strides six months after demotion from the UCL Premier League and an exodus of first team players and coaching staff.
Munton, who is looking back on his first six months in charge of Bourne with satisfaction, stepped up from the reserves and with only Keith Gray remaining from last season’s first team squad he was forced to rebuild the side from scratch.
Working alongside assistant Phil Jarman, he has relished the challenge and believes a much steadier year lies ahead for the club.
He said: “Phil Jarman and I are putting a lot of time in at the ground and we feel the lads are recognising that.
“The lads are here for the right reasons. Too many teams in the past had players who came just for the money. All in all the lads that we have are coming together and have a very good attitude.”
Bourne finished out of the relegation zone in June but weeks later were dumped out of the premier division due to FA rules regarding ground facilities.
Munton added: “To be honest we are just happy the club survived demotion. We were in limbo for a while, not knowing what would happen but there are a lot of people working hard behind the scenes.”
Dreams of promotion remain distant with off-field improvements as important as results on the field, but with ground improvements unlikely to take place in the short term, Munton is happy for his side to settle in Division One.
He said: “I have Bourne Town in my blood and I think we have done all right. We are probably at a level that suits us right now.”
Munton, who has promoted a string of reserves and added a few new names to the squad during a period of rebuilding, added: “It’s a big step up from the reserves but the younger lads have adapted very well and although we took some beatings we have had some good results as well. Anything in the top six will be a decent result.”
Goalkeeper Dan Jarman is away tomorrow with one or two more are uncertain ahead of the New Year’s Day clash at Northampton Sileby.
“We will certainly not be at full strength,” said Munton, who had high praise for his goalkeeper as well as captain Dan Smith.
“Dan Jarman has played at Premier level before but this season has made crucial saves and he has probably been our most consistent player.
“Dan Smith has led by example and you need people like him at a club like ours. Tom Dunn and Ashley Firth have come in from the reserves and not let anyone down but collectively all the players have stuck at it.”