Bourne Town host Huntingdon Town in crucial United Counties League Division One clash
Bourne Town have a double incentive to claim a vital victory in Saturday’s crunch United Counties League clash at the JJ Mac Stadium.
The Wakes entertain second-from-bottom Huntingdon Town who are three points and one place adrift of Bourne near the foot of the Division One table.
And manager Simon Daws feels the clash presents a huge opportunity for his charges to boost their bid to avoid a bottom two finish.
Daws said: “It’s a big game for us and we’ve got to try and get the three points because they are just behind us in the table.
“We’ve got two games in hand on them, but it’s a chance for us to put a big dent in their survival hopes while looking after ourselves as well.
“It’s a game we don’t want to lose because it’s getting very competitive down that end of the table.
“You look at Sileby and see the players that they have signed so you’re expecting them to get out of it.
“But there are a few other sides just above us who if they don’t start picking up points then could slip back down into it.”
Bourne should be boosted by the return of striker Jake Mason for Saturday’s home match after work commitments ruled him out of last weekend’s trip to Melton Town.
Mason has been named United Counties League Goalscorer of the Month for January and his expected return will provide a welcome fillip to the injury-hit Wakes.
They had seven players sidelined through injury for the Melton match with only strikers Rares Dementer and Julian Joachim in contention to return this weekend.
Daws commented: “It’s a big plus to have Jake back. We’re waiting on Julian as well, but we could really do with him especially for the setpieces.
“He puts the ball on the money for us and, with Jake Mason up there, we can get the opposition thinking at corners when they see our options.
“Rares Dementer has said he will be coming along as well and, although he’s not 100 per cent fit yet, he wants to play some part.
“We had a very good win against Huntingdon earlier in the season and it would be good to do it again.”
Daws was also encouraged by the performance of several of the Wakes youngsters who were drafted into the squad for Saturday’s match at Melton.
Former Wakes striker Zak Munton gave the third-placed hosts a 14th minute which was doubled before the break by ex-Lincoln City player Nathan Arnold.
Daws continued: “We worked hard and tried to contain them as much as we could.
“I wrote my team list out in the week and I had seven first teamers missing through injury and Jake Mason working so we were always going have to take it on the chin.
“It was damage limitation, but we brought some of the young lads in and they did well. They had the energy to keep us going.
“Ben Moss came in at centre-back and did a good job. He’s a big, strong lad and I was really pleased with him.
“Melton are the best team in the league and played some lovely stuff. We had a couple of chances but they were quick to stub us out.”