WAYNE Jerome has been backed to bring brighter days to Sherborne Town Reserves by the club's first team manager.
The Raleigh Grove outfit are currently third from bottom in the Magna Dorset Premier League with just two wins to their name from 16 outings.
Only Merley Cobham Sports and bottom club Poole Borough boast a worse goal difference following Sherborne's 5-1 weekend defeat at home to Wareham Rangers Reserves.
However, Jamie Manley - instrumental in getting Jerome to Sherborne in the first place - has put his faith in the latest addition to Sherborne's coaching staff to shine.
Jerome is a well-known figure on the local football scene, having managed both Wincanton Town and Holt United in the MDPL and spent last season at Somerset County League Ilminster Town alongside their now-chairman Darren Manley.
Jamie Manley said he was delighted Jerome was now working with Sherborne's second team, with previous boss Matt Turner working closely with him.
"I hope to see a steady improvement with the reserves," said Jamie Manley, cousin of Ilminster's Darren. "They have had a few suspensions and injuries themselves and as soon as they get a few of those lads back they will be a lot stronger.
"I first asked Wayne to come over and just help with Matt, who had to play a few games. It became a natural progression for Wayne to be manager and for Matt to learn from him.
"I can really see the reserves progressing and hopefully the players will be closer to the first team and we can get more competition for places in our Toolstation Western League Division One side.
"Wayne has got experience in the MDPL, he knows the league very well and he is ideal to have at Sherborne."
Sherborne Town Reserves host their Bridport counterparts on Saturday.
TINTINHULL'S six-game unbeaten run came to an end in the Magna Dorset Premier League Cup on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 by league title hopefuls Portland United.
Wincanton Town's home clash with Shaftesbury in the MDPL was postponed.