Humbugs playing for love not money

Zach Macgregor, left,  wins the ball for Hayling. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132227-720)
Zach Macgregor, left, wins the ball for Hayling. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132227-720)
Wes Fogden is brought down against Hemel Hempstead. Picture: Keith Woodland

Bradbury: There’s more to come from Hawks

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NEW HAYLING manager Rich Bessey praised his players and admitted: We love denying other teams their win bonuses.

Bessey took charge at the Wessex League division one side this summer following an imposed relegation over ground grading issues.

Finances are tight at the club but that only serves as extra motivation for his newly-assembled Humbugs side.

Bessey said: ‘There’s no money, there’s no budget whatsoever.

‘And all the players left last year, bar three of them.

‘We’ve brought a whole new squad together.

‘None of the players get paid – but they all have a professional attitude.

‘We train twice a week and they all turn up.

‘The main part is knowing we go out and beat a side that then don’t get their win bonus.’

Bessey, 27, has already tasted the winning feeling – in his second game in charge.

His side upset the odds last weekend as Dan Sharpe’s brace dumped premier division rivals Fareham Town out of the Wessex League Cup 2-1.

Bessey said: ‘When you look at Fareham, we were told some of them were on £30 a game and £30 win bonus.

‘There’s a lot of sides around us paying that but we don’t want to be in that situation.

‘We just want to be able to make sure we bring people through the gate.

‘What are you going to do with £30 after a game?

‘Footballers probably just spend it in the bar.’