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Wakes are aiming to achieve their goal of top half finish

Bourne Town boss Rob Middleton has set his sights on another unbeaten run to help the Wakes achieve their goal for the season.

Middleton's men lost for the first time in five United Counties League Division One games on Saturday when they were beaten 4-0 at title-chasing Melton Town.

Bourne are back in action at the Abbey Lawn this weekend when they host 14th-placed Long Buckby.

And Middleton feels his side need to get back to winning ways if they are to achieve their target of a top half finish.

Jake Mason is an injury doubt for the Wakes. (7048273)
Jake Mason is an injury doubt for the Wakes. (7048273)

He said: "We've still got one eye on finishing among the next batch of sides in eighth, ninth or tenth place and we're not a million miles off that.

"We'll be looking at getting the win on Saturday, but what could determine the rest of the season is players staying fit and remaining committed to the cause and we also need a bit of luck along the way.

"If we can reproduce nine points from five games like we did before the Melton game then I think that will put us in there.

"We've got to re-group and re-focus after losing on Saturday and be ready to go again as soon as possible."

Long Buckby, whose scheduled home match with Blackstones was postponed last weekend, have won two and drawn two of their last eight league games and Middleton is expecting another tricky test for his charges in their first meeting of the season with the Northamptonshire side.

He added: "I've had a quick look at their results and, despite conceding seven goals at St Andrews recently, they've been relatively competitive in most of their games.

"They had a good win at Aylestone Park as well, but it's the same old story in that we're slight favourites to win it because we're at home but we know it will be tough.

"We've had one relatively easy game from the 25 we've played and I don't expect anything different on Saturday, but it would be nice for us if we could put another unbeaten run of five or six games together."

The Wakes are hoping Reece Driscoll and Max Cooper will return to their squad after they were forced to withdraw last weekend through illness.

However, injured striker Jake Mason missed training this week and is expected to remain sidelined with Middleton looking to bolster his squad for the final 13 games of the campaign.

He explained: "The squad is stretched a bit at the moment so I'm looking to bring a couple of players in if possible.

"We need a bit more strength in depth because it's the time of the year where injuries and suspensions kick in

"I've got a couple of irons in the fire so we'll have to wait and see if they come off, but it's difficult at this time of year.

"Most players are settled or want to see the season out where they are rather than starting again somewhere else, but we do need a couple of extra players to help get us over the line."

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