MARK Barnes fired Wootton Bassett to victory at home to Tytherington last night and is now set to turn down moves to rival non-league clubs.
The ex-Supermarine hitman took his total for August to 10 goals as he converted a penalty and a one-on-one, to give Bassett a 2-1 win over reigning champions Tytherington in Division One West.
And even though clubs in both the Hellenic Premier and Western League have put in seven days’ notice of approach, Bassett boss Dave Turner fully expects the striker to remain at Rylands Way.
“He’s had a very good month and although there’s a bit of interest in him at the moment, he’s committed to the cause,” said Turner.
“When I spoke to him, he said he’s more than happy to stay and he’s an absolute pleasure to work with.
“He’s loving it here and that is showing in the goals he’s scoring. When the kid is as nice as he is, the goals are a bonus.”
Visitors Tytherington took the lead nine minutes before half time when Joe White converted, but on the hour Barnes was fouled in the penalty area and converted himself.
Just eight minutes later, Shaun Terry threaded a pass through the defence and Barnes kept his head to convert the winner.
The result saw Bassett jump to the top of Division One West, a feat all the more impressive given that Turner was without three of his regular back four.
The manager continued: “They dominated the first half but we were only 1-0 down. “We changed formation from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 so we could get closer to their player in the hole, because he was killing us.
“That caused them a lot more problems and we scored twice in a short period.
“It was possibly our worst performance of the season but I put that down to the amount of games we’ve played recently.
“The players’ legs were a bit heavy but we ground out a result.”
In Division One West tonight, New College take on Malmesbury at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.