Bourne’s best helps to keep confidence rising

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CONFIDENCE is growing at the Abbey Lawn where the Wakes remain unbeaten in 2012 after holding table-topping Harborough Town to a goalless draw last weekend.

Bourne faced the United Counties League Division One leaders on Friday evening and gave the Leicestershire side a good run for their money.

Darren Munton’s side could even have snatched all three points with Seb Hood denied by a fine save in the first half and Josh Kamau and Dan Jarman both going close after the break.

Jarman, who was the club’s first-choice goalkeeper until Matt Gilson’s recent arrival, had been sent on as an outfield substitute.

Bourne have now won one and drawn two of their three games this month, a far cry from a dreadful run at the end of last year.

The Bourne boss was delighted by his side’s performance and said: “They were fantastic. It was the best we have played all season.”

Harborough had previously scored 48 goals in 17 games and Munton knew his side would face a strong threat. But, he said: “Dan Smith and Aaron Jesson were great during the whole game. They did not give one of the division’s top-scorers a sniff.

“They stopped them passing the ball around and the only disappointment is that we didn’t score.

“It would have been nice to have come away with three points. We had two or three great chances and really came away disappointed that we did not win the game.”

The Wakes don’t have a fixture this weekend but return to action on January 28 at Northampton ON Chennecks, and Munton added: “Now we have to keep this run going.

“The lads did the club proud on Friday. The players are enjoying their football again and confidence is rising.

“We are still not in the best of positions but it has been a great New Year. It’s just a shame that we do not have a game this weekend.”

Munton has lost Jason Kilbride for a few weeks after the Bourne striker was injured while training with the England futsal squad.

Against Harborough Munton was forced to field several reserves but all acquitted themselves well.

The arrival of goalkeeper Matt Gilson has given Munton options with former keeper Dan Jarman enjoying a run outfield.

Munton said: “Matt has taken the pressure off at the back, pulling off some great saves. He came in while Dan was away and did well.

“I think Dan has been itching to have a game outfield for a while and he looked lively, almost scoring from a very clever chip.”

With the Wakes first team resting tomorrow, attention will focus on the reserves who host Long Buckby Reserves at the Abbey Lawn. Kick off tomorrow is at 2pm.

Bourne: Matt Gilson, Kev Elger, Tom Cardall, Seb Hood (Matt Holdup), Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Ron Dunn, Stu Lambie, Josh Kamau (Dan Jarman), Alex Brockbank (Scott McKenzie), Glen Spearink.