AN Ethan Fletcher strike ten minutes from time denied new Bourton and Frankton manager Michael Hoey a winning start after a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Whitnash Town on Saturday.
In a game that was closely contested in windy conditions, it was a deciding goal from super sub Fletcher that settled the contest at Harbury Lane in Division Three of the Coventry Alliance Football League.
But with plenty of improvements demonstrated throughout, not to mention the resolve from Bourton to chase for an equaliser after falling behind so late in the day, Hoey will be encouraged by what he saw in his first match in charge.
Late calls for a penalty for the visitors were waved away by the referee, leaving Bourton and Frankton right to feel hard done by at the final result.
The club have already bettered last season’s efforts after taking a point in their entertaining 3-3 draw away to Coventry Sky Blues in their opener – having lost all nine of their fixtures last term before the suspension of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a first home league fixture in almost eight months to now look forward to on Saturday, Hoey and co. will hope to record a first victory in the league since February 2019 when taking on newly promoted Harbury at The Field in Bourton (CV23 9RE) in a 2.15pm kick-off.