Stone still has some tidying up to do at Fareham

Bradey Norton can be an inspirational player for Fareham
Bradey Norton can be an inspirational player for Fareham
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Steve Stone is not getting carried away after enjoying his first win as Fareham Town boss, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Whitchurch United (3pm).

Stone’s side registered a 5-3 success at Team Solent on Monday night in the Wessex League premier division.

There is still plenty of tidying up to do

Steve Stone

They will be hoping for three more points at Whitchurch but Stone knows there is lots more work to be done.

He said: ‘I was delighted to get my first win.

‘The lads worked hard and showed they are willing to battle back after falling behind.

‘We won’t allow ourselves to get carried away, though, and there is still plenty of work to be done over the next few weeks and beyond.

‘I thought we showed good improvement and scored some excellent goals on the counter-attack.

‘There is still plenty of tidying up to do.

‘My aim is to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation battle.

‘I am only only 25 years old but looked 55 after that.’

Stone switched Ash Tattersall to play up front with Callum Laycock against the students and the combination worked well.

Bradey Norton has also returned to the club from Gosport Borough where he has dual-registration.

Stone believes Norton can be an important player for his team this season.

‘Bradey hasn’t had much of a pre-season because of his work commitments and is working to get fully fit,’ said Stone.

‘Technically he can be very effective and strikes the ball well.’

The club have announced the departure of assistant-manager Shaun Coles.

A club statement read: ‘It is with some reluctance that Shaun Coles has decided to step down from his role as a coach at Fareham Town.

‘Shaun joined the club the same time as former manager Matt Parr six and a half years ago and willingly stepped up to take charge when commitments meant that Matt was unavailable.

‘We’d like to thank him for that.

‘Shaun will be missed and we wish him well in the future.’