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Bourne Town visit Huntingdon Town in vital United Counties League Division One match




Bourne boss Simon Daws has labelled his side's next two games as the biggest of his managerial reign at the JJ Mac Stadium.

The third-from-bottom Wakes make the trip on Saturday to face a Huntingdon Town side who are just one place and five points above Bourne in the United Counties League Division One standings.

That crunch clash is followed next weekend by a home match with second-from-bottom Sileby Rangers at the JJ Mac Stadium.

Bourne suffered a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Melton last weekend. Photo: Alan Walters (22764629)
Bourne suffered a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Melton last weekend. Photo: Alan Walters (22764629)

And Daws feels a healthy points haul from the two games will give Bourne a big boost as they aim to move away from the foot of the table.

He said: "These two matches are the biggest games of the past couple of months.

"We've tried a few different things recently and the preparation has been working towards these two games.

"They are crucial to us because two wins and we can start looking to overtake the sides above us.

"I'm hoping we can get something. Even if we come back from Huntingdon with a point and then beat Sileby at home it will look better because we're definitely going in the right direction."

Bourne will go into the Huntingdon clash buoyed by their performance in Saturday's narrow home defeat against high-flying Melton Town.

Daws declared the performance as the best of his managerial reign despite two key decisions going against the Wakes.

Melton's winner was a controversial call as to whether the ball had actually crossed the goalline while Julian Joachim had an effort disallowed for 'foul play' after knocking the ball away from visiting goalkeeper Quinn Johnson just as he was about to clear out his of hands.

Daws added: "We played well, competed well and were unlucky. I thought we deserved a point.

Bourne suffered a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Melton last weekend. Photo: Alan Walters (22764633)
Bourne suffered a narrow 2-1 home defeat against Melton last weekend. Photo: Alan Walters (22764633)

"It was the best we had played really and, on another day, we could have got a point.

"I thought after the manner of their goal being awarded that the referee would even it up, but he's disallowed Julian's effort and then booked him for foul play.

"Julian's an absolute gentleman and is probably too honest at times on the pitch.

"All in all I was happy with everything though apart from not getting a point.

"We had a good crowd and they were very appreciative of the efforts and enjoyed Julian's goal which he took very well.

"If we can get a couple of good results in the next two games then it will get everyone buzzing.

"All I ask of the players is to give it everything and they've put another big shift in.

"I'll never give the lads stick if they've come off the pitch having given 110 per cent.

"We just need to keep our heads up now and hopefully get a bit of the rub of the green."


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