Bourne Town seeking first win of the Uhlsport United Counties League Division One campaign in Saturday's trip to Holwell Sports
Bourne boss Rob Middleton is bracing his charges for an early season six-pointer when they make the trip to Holwell Sports on Saturday.
The Wakes and their weekend hosts are two of just three teams yet to register a point this season in Division One of the Uhlsport United Counties League.
Bourne also go into Saturday’s crunch clash on the back of two successive six-goal defeats.
They were hit for six by visiting Wellingborough Whitworth on Saturday before conceding the same amount in Tuesday night’s Kitman UK League Cup clash at Harrowby United.
Middleton believes there are a number of mitigating circumstances surrounding his side’s winless start to the campaign which has left them rooted to the foot of the table.
But, just like last season when the Wakes suffered a couple of heavy defeats early in the campaign, he is confident of turning things around.
Middleton said: “There's a lot of setting down at the moment with the changing round of personnel for different reasons.
"It's proving quite difficult, but there's a lot to take into consideration as well.
"We need to sort ourselves out and take responsibility, but a lot of what has happened has been out of our control which isn't helping.
"It's crazy that we're thinking like that just three games into the season, but I wasn't expecting the crushing blow of players leaving two weeks before the season started.
"Other players haven't been available for various reasons so we've had to bring in six or seven different players to kick off the season. There isn't much we can do about it, but it's been a bit frantic.
"It's still early days though. There's a lot of time left and hopefully things will settle down like it did last season and we can find a system that suits us.
"It sounds crazy, but Saturday is an early season six-pointer for us. We'll be looking at the game as a chance to beat them and I'm sure Holwell will be thinking the same about us.”
Bourne will be without young midfielder Harrison Dee – who has impressed since joining from near neighbours Deeping Rangers – on Saturday but striker Ian Ward will be available.
Ward, who was red-carded in the defeat at St Andrews last weekend after twice being sin-binned, was originally handed a three-match suspension by the Lincolnshire FA for the offence.
However, following an administrative error, it was discovered that he should only have been banned for one game so served his suspension in Saturday’s defeat against Whitworth.