Rowland takes charge

Brian Rowland. ENGEMN00220120430123700

Brian Rowland. ENGEMN00220120430123700

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Three years after he announced his retirement from the post, Brian Rowland is back in charge at Sleaford Town.

Rowland has taken over until the end of the season after interim manager Terry Fleming left the club last Tuesday, following a 0-0 draw at Deeping Rangers.

Terry Fleming.

Terry Fleming.

Fleming was sent off early in the game, leaving his side to battle on with only 10 men for the vast majority of the match.

Club chairman Rowland - who will be assisted by Jamie Shaw - will be hoping to reverse Town’s recent poor run of results which has seen them without a win in nine games, dropping perilously close to the relegation zone.

He said: “We’re not in a very healthy position. We need to turn things round quickly.

“I think we are good enough to stay up and we have some good young players coming through, but we’re lacking a bit of experience at the moment.”

Sleaford are now fourth from bottom and only four points clear of the two sides immediately below them - Northampton Sileby Rangers, who have five games in hand on Town, and Harborough, who had seemed in an almost impossible position before picking up wins in their last two games, which has given them a new lease of life. Harborough have a game in hand on Town.

Rowland, who became Sleaford’s most successful manager of all time during his previous 33-year stint at the helm, was unable to bring the old magic to bear on Saturday, with Town slipping to a 3-2 home defeat against eighth-placed AFC Kempston Rovers.

Kempston took an early lead after only seven minutes through Ben Gallant, with Town equalising after the break through skipper Scott Coupland.

But the game was decided by two goals in two minutes midway through the second half from Dom Marsala and Ash Fuller to put the visitors 3-1 clear.

Kieran Helsdown pulled one back for Town two minutes from time.