Bourne to boost attacking options

BOURNE Town are poised to unleash an exciting new strike force on United Counties League Premier Division defences.

The Wakes are hopeful that transfer target Liam Nimmo will have completed his switch from local rivals Holbeach United in time to make his debut in Saturday's clash at Desborough.

Former Lincoln City marksman Tony Battersby also made his Bourne bow on Tuesday night in their derby defeat by Deeping and could feature again at the weekend after joining on loan from Corby Town.

Summer signing Lee Orrey completed his first 90 minutes of the campaign on his comeback from injury on Tuesday while fellow new boy Daniel Bent is also working his way back to fitness to leave Bourne with a plethora of attacking options.

Assistant boss John Chand highlighted last week Bourne's need to increase their fire-power and, after failing to find the net in their two derby defeats by Deeping, the Wakes are hoping to hit the goal groove against an Ar Tarn side on Saturday who have lost both their opening two games.

They, like Bourne, have undergone a major player overhaul in the summer following the departure of the successful managerial duo of Steve Noble and Graham Leech to Stewarts & Lloyds.

They have taken most of last season's UCL KO Cup-winning squad with them to the Corby club to leave new boss Dave Williams, who previously managed both Shepshed Dynamo and Rothwell Town in the Southern League, a re-building job.

Bourne will see the game as a perfect chance to bounce back from their derby reversals against Deeping.

They went down 3-0 at Outgang Road on Saturday in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup before losing 2-0 against Rangers at the Abbey Lawn on Tuesday night in the UCL Premier Division clash.

The Wakes were second best in both matches and were indebted to goalkeeper Aaron Bellairs on Tuesday night for a superb performance which kept Deeping at bay.

Chand commented: "There is no need for us to be downhearted at losing to Deeping because they are a strong side.

"We are struggling defensively with injuries which didn't help our cause, but we can take lots of positives from the game.

"Aaron Bellairs was excellent and really nailed down his position as our number one."

Bourne's defensive crisis shows little sign of abating ahead of Saturday's trip to Desborough.

New boy Jack Cotton is still sidelined with an injury picked up in pre-season that has forced him to miss all of Bourne's competitive games so far.

Stewart Smith is also out with a hamstring injury sustained at Holbeach last week while skipper Aaron Ridout is unavailable at the weekend.

Midfielder Dane Harper was moved into a three-man defence on Tuesday night along with Jack Smith who has returned to the Wakes after finishing the campaign with them last season.

Chand added: "With so many players missing, we were always going to be up against it when you play someone like Deeping.

"We improved a lot after the break in both games and played some decent stuff."