A RALLYING cry for local players to join Bemerton Heath Harlequins has been launched by departing boss Graham Kemp.

Kemp’s last wish, before he steps down at the end of the season, is for players to come forward and join the Western Way outfit next term.

Attracting local lads has been an uphill struggle for Kemp since he took over from the long-serving Ian Chalk two years ago.

Week-on-week he's been scratching his head not being able to field a squad, with players pulling out at the 11th hour.

“As my time is coming to an end, I’m urging local players to come forward and play for Bemerton,” he explained to JournalSport.

“With the exception of Salisbury, Bemerton is the best team, locally.

“Players need to give Bemerton a chance, it’s a well-run club with a fantastic chairman and committee who do everything for the players.

“They’ve also got the best facilities.

“I’ve tried really hard to get players in and some leave for no reason.”

The Bemerton committee met on Monday night to discuss the vacant managerial job.

They’ve already received interest and are hoping to hold interviews in the next couple of weeks.

“I’ve not been there as long as I’ve wanted but have done what I can," Kemp added.

“My replacement will need to come in and do a rebuilding job.”

Anyone interested in applying should contact chairman Steve Slade on 07798 732799.

  • A SKELETON Bemerton squad rocked leaders Moneyfields on Saturday with a 2-1 win.

Richard Jackson put Harlequins ahead with a first-half screamer.

Moneys had Dan Wooden sent off after the break, but equalised through Darren Simmons.

Heath hit back late on as Sam Griffin, pictured, struck to inflict Moneys’ first defeat in 19 games.