TOM Prodomo insists Bashley’s standing in non-league circles still carries clout.

The New Forest club has suffered a tumultuous three years, dropping out of the Southern League having collected a mere 26 points across three seasons combined in the Premier and South & West divisions.

Bash are winless in a whopping 75 league matches dating back to September 2014, a 2-0 triumph at Taunton, but despite their torrid time, Prodomo says people still remember the club’s rise to prominence.

Prodomo told the Daily Echo: “The good thing I get from chatting to the players, old and new, is that Bashley is still seen as a big club in the area.

“People don’t just wipe the past three years from their memories but when they see the positive things we are doing at the club, they can see a new ambition.

“We need to get back to winning ways and winning habits week by week. It is a feeling that has drifted away from the club and one we need to get back but that will only happen if we prepare correctly.

“I am really confident we can be competitive. It comes back to our emphasis on preparation, if we’re not going to have the money to buy that competitive edge then we need to be as well drilled as we can be.”