Bourne Town and Sileby Rangers share the spoils in United Counties League Division One clash at the JJ Mac Stadium
Manager Simon Daws praised the resilience and determination of his Bourne Town players as they battled back for a vital point in Saturday's United Counties League Division One clash with Sileby Rangers at the JJ Mac Stadium.
The third-from-bottom Wakes - who were missing four players who had started last week's win at Huntingdon - had been trailing at half-time to a rejuvenated Sileby side who had started the match one place and two points adrift of Bourne.
But Seb Hood's second half header earned the Wakes a share of the spoils against a visiting team who had signed 15 new players in the past fortnight in a bid to move away from the lower regions of the table.
Daws said: "We knew it was going to be tough because of their change in management and the number of new players they had brought in.
"We had four players out from last week's starting line-up, a couple pull out this morning through illness so, all in all, it's a good point.
"It means they don't go above us. I said to the lads that if we can't beat them we have to make sure we didn't get beat so I was pleased we came back and got a point.
"We had the chances to win it, but I expect to see Sileby start moving up the table as well now so overall a draw is a fair result.
"I feel progress is being made, but we need to start getting the same side out every week which is disappointing at the moment.
"We've got a big squad and even that is stretched at the moment. I'll need to have a few words because commitment is a big thing.
"We go away though knowing that we got a point despite having some limitation with the squad so I'm pleased with that.
"There is certainly more resilience and determination there then we had when I first came in which means we're pulling the right strings."
Bourne - who were without Dan Wilson, Jack Bottreill, Tom Cardall and Lewis Russell from the previous week - handed a debut to Daws' nephew Cole Maule who is dual registered with Nottinghamshire Senior League leaders Bingham Town.
There was also a welcome return for full-back Max Cooper in a Bourne side which made a promising start as they sought back-to-back league wins.
Julian Joachim sent an early audacious effort from distance over the Sileby crossbar after seeing goalkeeper Joe Pursell well off his line before home custodian Garry Doran was down smartly to thwart the dangerous Fazel Koriya.
Josh Randall produced a strong run and shot which was blocked by Pursell before Maule sent a rasping drive overthe visitors' crossbar.
Joachim linked up well with Randall who dragged a shot wide before Jamie Burrows had a goalbound shot blocked on the line after a scramble in the Bourne box.
Another good break by the lively Randall saw Rares Demeter just fail to connect at the back post before Sileby broke the deadlock three minutes before half-time.
Luke Burrows' strong surge down the left saw his inviting cross pick out Koriya to slide home the opening goal.
Bourne had an early chance in the second period when Dan Smith headed wide from a Joachim cross before Koriya cracked a free-kick against the home crossbar.
Doran did well to deny Luke Burrows with Randall going close at the other end before Bourne found a leveller with 16 minutes remaining.
Joachim's pinpoint free-kick picked out Hood whose perfect connection saw him power his header past Pursell and into the Sileby net.
Randall fired just over as Bourne pushed for the winner, but they also had to be alert at the back with a couple of last-ditch tackles denying the fast-raiding Koriya to ensure the honours ended even.
Bourne: Doran, Moss, Cooper (Bills), Smith, Hood, Mason, Demeter (Troth), Maule, Joachim, Rook, Randall. Subs not used: Currall, Evans.
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