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Football: Bashley boss Pyatt inspired by loyal players
JOINT-BOSS John Pyatt insists he is loving life at Bashley and reckons the spirit engendered by their recent woes inspired Saturday’s success at Arlesey Town.
A motion for the New Forest club to fold at the end of the season was put to members on Tuesday before cash-strapped Bash announced they would operate without a playing budget for the rest of the campaign.
Undeterred, Bash dug in to record a 1-0 victory over their Bedfordshire hosts and move off the bottom of the Southern League Premier Division thanks to Manny Soetan’s first-half goal.
And while the outlook off the pitch remains bleak for Bash, Pyatt sees no sign of his side throwing in the towel.
“Everyone knows where they are now and the boys are sticking together," said Pyatt.
"We are under no pressure and the players can enjoy a little bit of the limelight now there is some attention round the club.
“The match was a cracker, the boys worked so hard and it was just reward because we hadn’t been far away in recent weeks.
“I have been at struggling clubs before and you just have to keep going. I am no quitter and I know that if the club had not been in a bad position then I probably wouldn’t have been offered the job in the first place.
"It is still a great opportunity and being involved with a bunch of lads who sticking with it despite not are getting paid inspires me even more.”
Bash: Jones, Rolls, Flint, Ansell, Marden, Bulpitt, Roberts, Soetan, Kenna (Manders, 71), Odam, Strickland (Morris, 67). Unused sub: Brookes.
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