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We were woeful admits Bash joint-boss Kearn
JOINT-manager Stewart Kearn threatened to wield the axe at Bashley after watching his side crash to a seventh straight league defeat at fellow strugglers Hinckley United.
The Knitters belied their off-field issues to complete a comfortable 2-0 victory at De Montfort Park, a result which left rock-bottom Bash as the only winless side in the division.
Hinckley had shared that dubious honour prior to this basement battle, but goals from Luke Richards and a wonder strike from Ben Ford, which cannoned in off on-loan Cherries goalkeeper Chad Collins, combined to leave Bashley five points from safety.
And Kearn, who took charge alongside Bash legend Paul Gazzard over the summer, pulled no punches at full-time and demanded more from his misfiring charges.
In a frank assessment of the match, Kearn told the Daily Echo: “We were woeful and it was the worst performance of the season. We showed no fight, no character and got what we deserved.
“It was so frustrating after we had played well against Hemel, but we always knew a match like that wouldn’t be a problem because players always find that little bit extra against the top teams.
“We have reached the stage where players who aren’t prepared to put in 100 per cent won’t be at the club much longer.
“Every game is like a cup final for us now, starting with the FA Cup tie next week, and if people aren’t up for the fight then they can go and play their football elsewhere.”
Meanwhile, in the build up to the match, winger Charlie Knight became the third player to leave Bashley in recent weeks.
Knight, who has joined Ryman Premier outfit Kingstonian, followed Taffy Richardson and Dave Allen through the exit.
Bash: Collins, Boultwood (Blackmore, 56), Flint, Richardson, Middleton (Morris, 54), Stephenson (Strickland, h-t), Casey, Roberts, Sills, Odam, Ward. Unused subs: Brookes, Thomas.
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