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Martin Bond and Richard Pickering join the management team at Bourne Town Football Club

Bourne Town boss Michael Goode has strengthened his management team for the coming campaign.

Goode will remain in charge of the Wakes after leading the club to the United Counties League Division One title last season.

He will again be assisted by Dan Flack who will remain registered as a player while Junior Jones will continue as goalkeeper coach and Mark Seekings as matchday physio.

Martin Bond.
Martin Bond.

With Matt Robinson moving into a management role at Peterborough League side Stanground and Cardea Sports, Goode has recruited Martin Bond and Richard Pickering to bolster his backroom team.

Bond will reunite with Goode as first team coach after previously working together successfully at Deeping Rangers.

He is a former Bourne player and will be joined by Pickering who lives in the town and is a highly-rated coach who has had spells with Deeping Rangers Reserves and the Clarets' Under 18s team.

The team will be further boosted by Josh Dilley being promoted from the A Team to take on a coaching and analysis role as he develops his skills at the higher level while completing his UEFA B qualification.

The newly-amalgamated reserve team will be jointly managed by Steve Bills and Stuart Craig.

Tom Hunt will continue as assistant manager for the side who will be playing in the Peterborough League next season.

The Wakes' first team will start their pre-season programme with a trip to United Counties League Premier Division South side Yaxley on Tuesday, July 9.

They then host Pinchbeck United on Saturday, July 13, before entertaining St Neots at the Abbey Lawn on Tuesday, July 16.

A home match with Thurlow Nunn League side Downham Town has been arranged for Saturday, July 20, before the friendlies conclude at the Abbey Lawn against Holbeach United on Tuesday, July 23.

Blackstones begin their friendlies on Wednesday, July 3, with a trip to face Newark and Sherwood.

They then visit FC Peterborough on Saturday, July 6, before a double-header the following weekend away at Rushden & Higham and Wittering Premiair.

A home match with Lutterworth Town has been arranged for Wednesday, July 17, with Sileby Rangers then visiting Lincoln Road on Saturday, July 20.

The final two pre-season games are away at Crowland on Tuesday, July 23, and a trip to Eaton Socon 24 hours later.

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