Burnham United boss Ashley Plant steps down after 5-2 defeat (From Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News)
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Burnham United boss Ashley Plant steps down after 5-2 defeat
Somerset County League First Division
Burnham United 2, Yatton 5
UNITED were handed a double blow on Saturday as manager Ashley Plant stepped down after their 5-2 defeat to league leaders Yatton.
The team went 2-0 down after ten minutes and then early in the second half the visitors made it 3-0 after a counter attack.
Matt Scott got Burnham back in the match with two goals but Yatton kept hitting Burnham on the break and netted two more times to complete a 5-2 win.
Plant, 31, who has managed the team for four seasons, told the Weekly News' Daniel Milligan that he felt it was time for a change at the helm.
He said: “Things have become a bit stale, I felt that I wasn't getting the best out of the players.
“I'm disappointed because I was desperate to get the team back to the Premier Division but it was a upward struggle.
“Unavailability meant I couldn't name the same team in consecutive games for at least the last 50 games leaving us with a fighting battle to become the side that the players ability warranted.
“I think I leave the team in a better state than when I took on the management role and I'm very proud of that fact that I've had the experience of managing the first team at the club.”
Plant wished his coaches John Harding and Luke Hussey the best of luck and said that he will still be involved at the club in a playing role for one of their lower league sides.
Chairman Spencer Dibble wanted to place on record his thanks to Plant for the 'sterling work that he has done'.
He added: “He has contributed enormously to the club's success and Luke Hussey will take over now with John Harding to run the team with their fresh ideas.”
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