Wakes full of confidence for league start

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WAKES will start their new season tomorrow against Northampton ON Chenecks.

Bourne beat Stamford outfit Blackstones on Tuesday night 2-1 thanks to a solid performance.

Blackstones are in the UCL Premier Division, one step up from the Wakes, but the Bourne team’s finishing proved the decisive factor.

Wakes boss Darren Munton said: “We did well actually and got off to a good start, we were two nil up and they scored late on.

“We had our chances and we took them when it mattered.

“I can’t say anybody stood out individually but it was more of a workman like performance.”

“It’s a big confidence boost going into Saturday’s game.

“Blackstones are in a higher division and have had some good results themselves beating Stamford.”

The Wakes struggled with numbers last year and Munton had to turn out a few times.

He has signed on again this year but is only planning to take to the field if they are short or to sit on the subs bench.

He said: “We’ve got a lot more options in a few positions, certainly more than last year. Last year we had a squad of about 13 or 14 players and now we’ve got 16 or 17.”

Northampoton ON Chenecks finished fourth from bottom last year, two places below Bourne.

The fixture is a repeat of last year’s opening game when Chenecks won 4-3. The follow-up match was a 2-2 draw.

Munton added: “It would be nice to finish in the top six this year, we’ve got more strength in depth this year.”

Wakes have signed centre forward Jake Mason and midfielder Jake Walton from Stamford.

l Deeping Rangers concluded their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against Lincoln United at Outgang Road on Saturday.

Player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz has also swooped to add left back Nick Jackson to his squad.

It’s the second time Korkmaz has signed ex-Boston United defender Jackson, having snapped him up during his stint with Evo-Stik League First Division South side Stamford.

Deeping start their UCL Premier Division season with a home clash against Thrapston tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.