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Simon Daws believes the addition of Nathan Arnold to Bourne Town’s management team has come just at the right time as the club prepares to get their Uhlsport United Counties League Division One campaign underway next month.

Arnold, appointed as joint-manager with Daws, came on as a second half substitute during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Cottesmore and the former Lincoln City and Boston United striker showed what he can offer during the pre-season friendly with an impressive display up front.

But it is his experience of playing at a higher level and his contacts within the game that can really add something to the Wakes’ chances of a more successful season - and it’s something Daws will be wasting no time in drawing upon.

Nathan Arnold in action on Saturday.
Nathan Arnold in action on Saturday.

“I thought it was only fair for Nathan to be joint-manager,” said Daws.

“He wants to get some managerial and coaching experience and he can also play. He’s very keen and enthusiastic. What he gives us is the addition of a new player with contacts for the club to go forward.”

Daws believes his squad is still in need of new players in just about every position so recruitment is a high priority with time running out before the season starts in a Division One opener at Sileby Rangers on Saturday, September 5.

Action from Bourne's game on Saturday.
Action from Bourne's game on Saturday.

“We’ve got a nucleus of a squad of Bourne lads but we need some quality so we’ll be trying to do that,” he added.

“I’ve got 20 years’ managing experience behind me so Nathan may learn something from me and I may learn from him.”

Arnold told the club’s website: “It’s not an easy job, that’s why I wanted to come here. I’m up for the challenge.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do on the recruitment side of things. Once things settle down and we have stability we’re going to look to add the style and philosophy around that.

“I’ve come here to win, I’m a winner. I’ll be looking at the top end and pushing on and trying to take this club forward because it’s a fantastic football club.”

Bourne had to come from behind to draw with Cottesmore on Saturday.

The hosts went in front after 20 minutes, but the Wakes equalised 10 minutes later through Jack Bottereill following a Cory Newman corner.

n Pinchbeck United went down to a 6-0 away reversal at Premier Division rivals Peterborough Northern Star in their latest pre-season outing on Saturday.

The Knights host near neighbours Holbeach United on Wednesday night in the second semi-final of the Lincs Free Press Trophy.

The match at the Sir Halley Stewart ground kicks-off at 7.45pm and admission is £5 for adults with £3 for concessions. Under 16s are admitted free.

The capacity for the crowd to attend is 200 due to the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place.

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