New Bourne boss Raffa Mazzarella’s reign as manager started with 7-3 loss in the UCL Division One on Saturday in a game which he admitted “knocked the stuffing” out of him and his young team who have played reasonably well in pre-season.
They then went and let a two goal lead slip in the last minute away at St Neots Youth and Saints to draw 2-2 and continue their roller coaster rider of emotions.
Talking about the opening match the manager said: “We were like rabbits in the headlights at times. It was one of those days. We made four or five mistakes, and to be fair they were not little mistakes they were proper mistakes, and they punished everyone. It was just ruthless finishing from them.”
Mazzarella said his young side, without much experience at UCL level collapsed a bit and no one took responsibility to pull the side together on the pitch.
The former PNS Reserves boss believed it was not his side’s footballing skills that let them down but their mentality however he is confident it will develop with time.
He added: “We needed to put Saturday right quickly and I think we did that on Tuesday.”
Mazzarella said: “It was a bitter-sweet feeling and an absolute sickener not to win it.
“We had the better of the clear-cut chances, although they dominated possession and will probably feel they deserved something at the end.”
On Tuesday Bourne signed two new players to try and shore-up their leaking defence. Perhaps most importantly they have added a goalkeeper, Aaron Fagan, 20, who played on Tuesday and looked the part.
The second signing is on the opposite end of the experience scale, 41-year-old Darren Paling, who came in to help Mazzarella out in defence on Tuesday with just one recognised centre back available because of work commitments.
He is unlikely to be a regular player for Bourne but may come in when needed to other some extra depth to the squad and experience.
While the defence is an area of concern for Bourne goal scoring is not. After just two games Goldson-Williams is the top scorer in the league with four goals to his name.
Mazzarella said the young striker is working on his game all the times and he was very pleased with his contribution to the team on Tuesday, where he went looking for work, even more so than on Saturday when he hit his hat-trick.
Mazzarella added: “If we can cut the mistakes out we will be a problem for most teams most weekends as long as we are not careless”.
Bourne play Lutterworth Athletic next at home on Saturday, August 23.