WAKES boss Darren Munton is planning on using Bourne’s final five games of the season to test new blood.
Bourne welcome second-placed Harborough Town to the Abbey Lawn tomorrow with Dan Smith unavailable and Aaron Jesson suspended but Munton will seize the opportunity to try out new ideas.
Mark Shrosbree is likely to step up from the reserves to face the second-placed side and 16-year-old George Halliday is likely to be among the substitutes after coming on to make a scoring debut at Rushden last weekend.
Munton said: “This is probably the time to try out a few of the younger lads.
“George wanted to come training with us, looked good and ended up scoring on his debut, sticking in a header at the far post. His goal should be great for his confidence.
“Ben Easson has joined from Blackstones and he gives us more options up front.”
New signing Easson made his Wakes debut against Rushden, who beat Bourne after scoring three goals late in the first half on Saturday.
“We made a good start but then let them score two within a few minutes,” added Munton. “In the second half, if we had taken our chances we would have won the game.
“Defensive errors have cost us this season. We lack experience and it has shown at times.”
Off the pitch, The Wakes revealed a new sponsorship deal that should give the club a massive boost before next season.
The club has signed a deal with Able Finance and Loans of Grantham and club secretary Bob Lambert said: “This brings a whole new outlook for next season.
“It will help the club massively. It will help keep the club on its feet. It’s a big deal and hopefully it will get the club going back up the league.”
He confirmed that the club hopes Sams will continue as shirt sponsors but said that as the main club sponsor Able Finance will have their name linked to the club in a number of ways around the Abbey Lawn.
He added: “In the short term their backing will help with electrics at the pitch (Bourne’s floodlights failed at two recent evening games) and repairs to the changing rooms.
“While the finer details have yet to be confirmed, hopefully the deal will continue for several seasons and see the club strengthen their position in the United Counties League Division One. The club wishes to thank Darren Bills for all his support in securing the deal.”
Bourne (v Rushden): Matt Gilson, John Currall, Tom Cardell, Kevin Elger, Aaron Jesson, Seb Hood, Josh Bell (George Holliday), Rob Dunn (Andy Moss), Josh Kamau (Alex Brockbank), Ben Easson, Dan Jarman.
l THE Wakes are also hosting a fundraising race night on March 31 when Peterborough United’s Grant McCann will be a special guest of the club.
The evening starts at 7.30pm at the Wakes Club with everybody welcome.