Goalkeeper turned manager David Keene has made a flying start at Old Bradwell United as he attempts to restore some pride to the club.
The 37-year-old recently took over following the departure of Sean Dolan and has enjoyed a fantastic couple of months in the job – winning seven and only losing one of 10 games in charge.
Their latest victory came 4-1 at Hale Leys on Saturday, which has lifted Old Bradwell up to fifth place in the South Midlands League Division Two table.
Keene, who usually plays in midfield but has also filled in between the posts several times this season, says the team’s upturn in fortunes is down to a change in the players’ attitudes.
“It’s going better than we could have expected really,” he said. “I think the players have realised that they were not performing well and not getting the results that they should have been. We’ve been in the bottom two or three in the league for a few years now.
“Sean did a good job before and built a good team, which isn’t easy here. We tend to get our players in after everyone else has done their shopping.
“Reserve team manager Ben Dyer has been a great support in making it easy to rotate players between the first team and reserves. We also gave some reserve players their chance in the first team which they took, which has given us healthy competition for places.
“The players have realised that they should be getting a lot better results – and so far we’re going along nicely.”
While Old Bradwell were seeing off Hale Leys on Saturday, Division Two rivals Wolverton Town were suffering an embarrassing 8-0 defeat to The 61 FC (Luton).
In SML Division One, New Bradwell St Peter earned a 4-4 draw with Langford and Stony Stratford Town saw off Wodson Park 2-1. Stony then beat Winslow United 3-1 on Tuesday night, while Cranfield United were thrashed 8-2 at Buckingham Athletic – that after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Winslow.
In the United Counties League Premier Division, Newport Pagnell Town saw off Boston Town 3-2 on Saturday but were then beaten 1-0 at Harborough Town on Tuesday night.