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Bashley's torrid start provides mirror test for boss Stewart Kearn
JOINT-BOSS Stewart Kearn turned the spotlight on himself and co-manager Paul Gazzard after Bashley’s latest defeat but insisted he had no regrets over taking the job.
Bash, rock bottom of the Southern League Premier Division after seven straight league defeats, crashed out of the FA Cup following their meek 3-0 defeat to Hungerford Town.
Defender Ian Richardson summed up Bashley’s recent luck when a calf strain sustained in the warm-up prevented him from playing.
Cherries keeper Chad Collins then continued the hosts’ nightmare start when Jon Boardman’s header wriggled through his grasp before bobbling into the net in the ninth minute.
Former AFC Totton front-runner Stefan Brown doubled the Crusaders’ lead with a sweet volley before half-time and the game was up when Bradley Gray’s tap in snatched a third seconds after the interval.
Summer appointment Kearn criticised his players and threatened to wield the axe after last weekend’s league defeat at Hinckley, but this time the new gaffer said he would be looking in the mirror while pondering the way forward.
Kearn told the Daily Echo: “When results are going against you and you’re in a bit of a hole it is easy for a manager to jump up and down about the players. Sometimes you have to look at your own influence on performances.
“But we (Kearn and Gazzard) committed ourselves to the job and it would be wrong to walk away unless we were asked to do so. We’re both the type to see things through and, despite the situation, we’re still enjoying it.
“While we went out of the cup with a pretty mediocre performance we felt the fight and desire was there and that is something for us to build on.”
Bash: Collins, Stephenson, Flint, Strickland, Middleton, Colson, Casey, Boultwood (Satterley, 66), Sills, Odam, Ward (Blackmore h-t). Unused subs: Morris, Brookes, Roberts, Porter, Kearn.
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