Munton is ready to rise to the challenge
DARREN Munton is ready to beg, steal and borrow as he bids to steady the Bourne ship.
The town legend returned to the hot-seat for a second spell as Wakes boss earlier this week. Munton steps up from his reserve-team player-manager post to succeed Martyn Lakin who departed in the wake of the club’s demotion to Division One of the United Counties League.
Bourne were sent down due to their Abbey Lawn facilities not coming up to scratch - a problem which also means they cannot be considered for promotion back to the Premier Division.
But that doesn’t mean Munton, who was also in charge from 2002 to 2004 and had a brief spell as caretaker in 2008, is not relishing the challenge.
He said: “Bourne is very close to my heart. I won the UCL Premier Division when playing with the club back in 1991 and enjoyed my first spell as manager.
“Managing at this level can be very full-on. Your wife becomes your secretary and it can take over your life, but I know what to expect.
“We don’t have much of a budget so it is going to be a case of scrimping and saving everywhere we can.
“We have to expect most of the lads who were at the club last sea- son to move on and a lot of the reserve lads will be stepping up with me.
“It should be a good experience for them and I will be hoping to bring in a couple of experienced players to help them through.
“We know we are not in a position to go back up due to the ground, but a top-six finish would be nice as we try to stabilise the club.
“Martyn is an ambitious person and we completely understand his reasons for moving on. Unfortunately our circumstances mean he couldn’t realise those ambitions here.”
Pete Stanton will step up from Under 18 boss to become Bourne’s new reserve manager.
HOLBEACH United are set to discover next Wednesday whether or not they have been spared from relegation.
The Tigers were also demoted from the UCL Premier Division due to a ground-grading issue, but they have been given hope of staying in the top flight after all.
Stotfold have applied to join the Spartan South Midlands League and should they be accepted, Hol- beach are likely to take their place in the Premier Division.
The matter will be discussed at the UCL annual meeting and Holbeach player-boss Shaun Keeble said: “The constitution of the league is up for debate. On the agenda it states that if they leave the league, we’ll be back in their place.”
Holbeach were demoted because they didn’t have a hard-standing surface all the way around their Carters Park pitch, but the work to provide that is currently being completed.
NEW MAN AT THE HELM: Darren Munton is the new Bourne manager.