Some people just can’t stay away - a football club simply runs through their vains. Bourne Town’s joint chairman Darren Munton falls into that category and next season he will return to the dug out once again, this time as manager of the Wakes’ reserve team.
Munton stepped down as manager of the first team, who play in the United Counties League Division One, at the end of the 2013/14 season when they finished in the bottom three of the league; but he put his name forward to take control of the reserve team when current manager Dave Panton left the club at the end of this season.
Bourne Town Reserves finished 10th in the UCL Reserve Division last season, however side did what any good development side should and saw numerous players move into the first team by the end of the season.
A statement on the club’s website from Munton said: “I am pleased to be back in the changing room, I missed the banter. I think there are a lot of talented youngsters coming through from the Under-18s and it’s a case of bringing them through.
“The future looks bright and I will enjoy working with them, there is less pressure on them.”
Bourne Town’s Under-18s team finished in third place in the Peterborough and District Youth League Division One, but were just won point behind the eventual winners Whittlesey Junior Red.
One of the talented youngsters to come through the club in the past season has been Munton’s son Zak who made quite an impression in the latter part of the season.
The played 19 games for the reserves, scoring five goals, before moving up to first team duty on six occasions in the league, scoring once.
First team manager Rafa Mazzarella, who took over from Munton and guided the Wakes to a top ten finish last season, was pleased with the appointment. He said: “I was really pleased when Darren put his name forward as I really wanted him to do it.”
It won’t be too long until the Wakes are back in action again as the club has announced their pre-season fixtures.
They start away at PDFL Premier Division side Netherton United on July 11, followed by a local derby away at Langtoft United on July 16, who play in the same league.
Next up with will be a trip to UCL Premier Division side Holbeach United on July 21 before they welcome PDFL Premier Division side Stilton United to the Abbey Lawn on July 25.
The penultimate game will be away at PDFL Premier side Pinchbeck United on July 28 before they take on Evo-Stik NPL side Stamford AFC on August 1 at the Abbey Lawn in the Wilf Notley Memorial Cup.