CARETAKER boss Stuart Cash has pledged his allegiance to Aldershot Town FC — whether he is named as manager or not.

Cash still hasn't applied for the vacant position and refuses to do so until he is given the nod by chairman Karl Prentice.

But even if the job is handed to any one of the long list of applicants, Cashie hopes to continue his association with the club he has grown to love.

He said: "I know the deadline is up for this Friday and I've thought long and hard about it. But like I keep saying, all I can do is take it game by game.

"Obviously if the chairman comes to me and asks me if I would like to take over, then great. But if not and he appoints someone else, that's not the end of me, I want to stay.

"I've done all my groundwork as number two and feel it's time for me to branch out I've enjoyed working for this club and I think I've got something to offer."

Cash's words came in disappointment, just minutes after he lost his 100 per cent managerial record at high-flying Gravesend on Tuesday night.

The day began badly for the Shots and got worse. Grant Payne was struck down badly with flu while on-loan striker Adam Ward took seven hours to drive down a congested A1 from Sheffield — arriving at 7.30pm!

But after a frenetic opening 38 minutes, it was the Shots took the lead when Lee Protheroe floated over a free kick to the far post and Owen Coll was on hand to head down under the body of keeper Jamie Turner.

But with just two minutes of the half remaining, the first of two dreadful errors of judgement, hit home. Parker failed to make a routine clearance, Gravesend got their first corner of the match, and with it came chaos.

The ball hit the swirling wind and rain, sparking a mass scramble in the six-yard box and Aaron Barnett was on-hand to poke the ball home.

The worst was yet to come, however. Just 18 seconds into the start of the second half, skipper Ryan Kirby completely miskicked in the wet conditions, allowing Craig Wilkins to run on and bury the ball past Gareth Howells.

Tried as they might, the two mistakes proved costly, thus widening the gap between the sides to 13 points.

SHOTS: Howells; Parker (sub Holsgrove 45mins), Chewins, Kirby, Coll, Adedeji (Gell 88), Graham (Forrester 68), Harford, Browne, Watson, Protheroe.

Ref: M Tingey. Att: 1,216.