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Bourne's season is on a 'knife-edge' ahead of trip to Sileby

Manager Rob Middleton wants football to be the focus of Bourne Town’s annual away day.

The Wakes are taking two coaches of players, supporters and club officials to Saturday’s United Counties League Division One clash at Sileby Rangers.

It’s the third year of the ‘jolly boys outing’ with the Wakes yet to taste success on any of their annual away days.

They lost 3-0 at Burton Park Wanderers in last year’s trip with then-joint boss Phil Gadsby labelling it as ‘one of their worst performances of the season’ so Middleton wants his side to put on a show for the large travelling contingent.

Bourne boss Rob Middleton. (7632890)
Bourne boss Rob Middleton. (7632890)

He said: “The committee has already told me we've never won an 'away day' so I've got to make sure we're all focused when we get down there.

"We've got to make sure we stay fully focused because getting three points is our priority.

"The lads can have a few laughs and giggles on the bus on the way down there but, once they get in that changing room, I want them switched on.

"We've been well-supported by the people of Bourne this season and, for those who are making the trip, it's important we put on a good show. We can turn it into a good day if we get the three points.”

Middleton believes his side's season is currently on a ‘knife edge’ as the 12th-placed Wakes aim to close the gap on a Sileby side who are one place and seven points above them in the standings.

He added: “The results went our way in midweek so Saturday gives us an opportunity which we've got to take.

"We're on a bit of a knife-edge at the moment. It's a chance for us to keep looking up rather than over our shoulders.

"If we get a result then we can push on and try and get that 10th spot but, if we don't, then we've got to make sure we don't drop down any further which would ruin the hard work we have done this season.

"We've got to turn up on Saturday and set the pace and, if we play like we did last week, then we should be alright.”

Jake Mason (on the ball) misses Bourne's trip to Sileby on Saturday. (7632812)
Jake Mason (on the ball) misses Bourne's trip to Sileby on Saturday. (7632812)

The Wakes will be without striker Jake Mason for the trip to Northamptonshire, but welcome back midfielder Jack Bottreill while Reece Driscoll will face a late fitness test with Daniel Dogaru being added to the squad as the reserve team do not have a match.

Middleton continued: “It's a bit of a blow to be without Jake but, having said that, we've just got to hope it all comes together.

"There isn't much to change football-wise from last Saturday, but we've got to overcome putting the ball into the back of the net because we created enough chances to win three games of football.

"We hit the crossbar and post four times the previous week at Aylestone so hopefully one of these weeks we'll take our chances and give someone a hammering.

"We'll work on our shape and game-plan at training this week and then take it from there.”

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