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FOOTBALL: Wakes vow to win it for Terry

WAKES boss Mark Cook has urged his side to produce a performance worthy of the memory of club president Terry Bates on Saturday.

Bourne entertain Wellingborough Town at the Abbey Lawn in what is expected to be a highly-emotional occasion for the Wakes.

Bates passed away on Monday night and there will be a minutes silence before the game on Saturday in his memory.

And Cook is hoping his side can turn on the style and earn a vital victory which will boost their hopes of avoiding relegation from the UCL Premier Division.

He said: "Everything else takes a back seat when this kind of thing happens and all our sympathies and thoughts are with his familiy.

"It's a real shame to lose someone who has dedicated their whole life to the football club.

"It won't be the same on a Saturday without Terry popping his head around the changing room door to tell the lads what he thought about the performance.

"But I'm sure he will be watching from the big stand in the sky on Saturday and it would be good to put on a performance and win the game for him."

Victory for the Wakes will see them move above their visitors in the Premier Division standings.

It could also increase their 10-point cushion over second-from-bottom Potton and further banish any lingering fears about relegation.

Cook has set his side a target of six points from their next three games which sees them visit second-placed Stotfold and struggling Potton after Saturday's home clash with the Doughboys.

He commented: "I feel that is a realistic target and we'll be disappointed if we don't get it.

"We have played more games than a lot of the sides around us so it's important we keep picking up points.

"I'm not taking anything for granted about being safe. I just want us to remain in that pack of teams where we are at the moment."

Matt Hodgkin and Aaron Ridout are both ruled out of Saturday's match due to one-game suspensions while Dan Cartwright is unavailable.

However, in-form striker Miles Hunter does return after missing the recent defeat against Sleaford.

Hunter's exploits have earned him the UCL goalscorer of the month award for December after he netted six times in three games.

Cook continued: "Miles has done brilliant for us.

"He's a lovely lad and one of a great bunch who we have got at the club at the moment."

The Wakes are likely to face a Wellingborough side on Saturday which could include former England Under 21 striker Trevor Benjamin.

Benjamin, who has made more than 350 Football League appearances which have included spells with Leicester City, Peterborough United, Coventry City and Hereford, joined his home-town club last month and scored on his debut in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Raunds.

Cook added: "It's a bit random that someone who is only 29-years-old is playing at our level.

"Obviously if we let him have chances then he'll stick them away, but I am more concerned about ourselves and going out and winning the game."

Benjamin has joined the Doughboys after setting up his own business in the area and will continue to play to keep his fitness up until he finds another club higher up the footballing pyramid.

Wellingborough manager Joe Smyth explained: "Trevor is a Wellingborough lad and has just started up his own industrial cleaning business locally.

"He has agreed to play some games for us to help with his fitness and match sharpness.

"We are not paying any extra to Trevor, he will get the same expenses as every other player in the team.

"I think it is a fabulous gesture from him as it will help us to have a player of his calibre around the lads even if it is only for a short period." I just want us to remain in that pack of teams where we are at the moment.”

Matt Hodgkin and Aaron Ridout are both ruled out of Saturday's match due to one-game suspensions while Dan Cartwright is unavailable.

However, in-form striker Miles Hunter does return after missing the recent defeat against Sleaford.

Hunter’s exploits have earned him the UCL goalscorer of the month award for December after he netted six times in three games.

Cook continued: “Miles has done brilliant for us.

“He’s a lovely lad and one of a great bunch who we have got at the club at the moment.”

The Wakes are likely to face a Wellingborough side on Saturday which could include former England Under 21 striker Trevor Benjamin.

Benjamin, who has made more than 350 Football League appearances which have included spells with Leicester City, Peterborough United, Coventry City and Hereford, joined his home-town club last month and scored on his debut in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Raunds.

Cook added: “It’s a bit random that someone who is only 29-years-old is playing at our level.

“Obviously if we let him have chances then he’ll stick them away, but I am more concerned about ourselves and going out and winning the game.”

Benjamin has joined the Doughboys after setting up his own business in the area and will continue to play to keep his fitness up until he finds another club higher up the footballing pyramid.

Wellingborough manager Joe Smyth explained: “Trevor is a Wellingborough lad and has just started up his own industrial cleaning business locally.

“He has agreed to play some games for us to help with his fitness and match sharpness.

“We are not paying any extra to Trevor, he will get the same expenses as every other player in the team.

“I think it is a fabulous gesture from him as it will help us to have a player of his calibre around the lads even if it is only for a short period.”

 
 
 

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