NEW Sherborne Town Reserves boss Matt Turner hopes he can help put the club "back on the map" during his tenure.
The former assistant boss took charge last month following the departure of Wayne Woollard and he made it clear that his main objective is to push reserve team players through to the first team whilst also aiming to significantly improve on last season's bottom-place finish in the Magna Dorset Premier League.
Turner said: "Last year we had a really bad year and this season we basically had to start from scratch. Now we are looking to push the club forward. It has been in the doldrums for the past couple of years but we are looking to put Sherborne back on the map. The club has got a new lease of life and hopefully we can go from strength to strength.
"We have got a lot of young players coming through the team and we are a feeder for the first team. We just hope to get as high up the table as we possibly can and be a backup for the firsts. We have got some very good players in the team and if we get two or three of them into the first team then we will see that as a success.
"The players are all mucking in together and they are playing with a smile on their faces. They seem to have picked themselves up and they are ready to do what it takes to have a good season."
Turner described his desire to use the opportunity to further his managerial career whilst expressing his gratitude for the chance to take charge of the team.
"I am sad that Wayne left," he said. "We took this side over together last season and despite the problems we had, we got a team together.
"We finished bottom but we ran out of games at the end of the season really because we were on the up. It is sad that he has left but I wish him all the best for the future.
"It is a challenge for me. I have been a manager of youth football in the past and I managed Westland Sports reserves for three years. Managing in the Dorset Premier League is a step up for me but I am going to enjoy the challenge. I want to go as far in management as I can and Sherborne is a lovely club to be at."
Turner's side twice came from behind to salvage a point against Merley Cobham Sports on Saturday, Sam Vine and Joe Smith netting in a 2-2 draw at Raleigh Grove. Sherborne host Hamworthy Rec in the MDPL on Saturday.
By Ethan Daish