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Players will face complacency warning after upturn in fortunes

Bourne v Burton Park Wanderers. Photo: Lee Hellwing (4748668)
Bourne v Burton Park Wanderers. Photo: Lee Hellwing (4748668)

Hard work is reaping its rewards for Bourne Town boss Rob Middleton and his charges as they target a third successive league win on Saturday.

The Wakes play host to Huntingdon Town at the Abbey Lawn this weekend looking to continue their upturn in form.

After heavy losses against high-flying Lutterworth Town and Premier Division table-toppers Pinchbeck in the KO Cup, the Wakes have recorded back-to-back Division One successes against Irchester and Burton Park.

Middleton feels the turnaround in fortunes has been due to the hard work on and off the pitch after a tough time for the management team following an unexpected change in work commitments which has restricted the commitments of joint boss Leigh Porter.

Middleton explained: “Leigh is still involved with the club, but a drastic change in his work commitments mean he can’t commit every weekend.

“It all happened very quickly and there was a lot on my shoulders, but we’ve stuck at it and worked that bit harder and we’re now getting the results.

“We weren’t exactly panicking after the two heavy defeats, but it’s been good to get a couple of wins in the last two games.

“The lads have started to buy into what I’m doing and what’s been asked of them. It’s settling down again.

“The younger lads have also started to get to grips with what is required at this level with some having moved up from Under 18s. The penny has started to drop.

“It’s been a bit of a juggling act recently, but we’ve stuck at it and hopefully we can start to get that consistency.

“There will be a few enforced changes on Saturday with players out, but we've also got players coming back and there's also the potential for those who have been sitting on the bench for the last couple of weeks to show what they can achieve.

"They have shown the right desire when they've come off the bench and hopefully they will do that again when they get the opportunity.

"We need to create some breathing space between ourselves and the danger zone as quickly as we can.

"We can then re-evaluate and look at the top half of the table because, as a squad, that's where we're capable of being.”

Bourne host a second-from-bottom Huntingdon side on Saturday who appointed former boss Jimmy Brattan as their new manager last week.

Ex-Oakham United manager Brattan has already brought striker Corey Kingston back to the club from Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star and Middleton is warning his charges not to be complacent against a visiting team who have taken just three points from eight games.

He added: “The two wins have taken a bit of pressure off us and given us some breathing space on the sides below us.

“We don’t want to get sucked into anything at the wrong end of the table and hopefully we can now start to kick on.

“It’s a really important game for us on Saturday. I don’t want us to get complacent just because we’ve had two decent results.

“That’s what I will be warning the players about. I don’t want the players to be looking at the league table and thinking it’s an easy game because it certainly won’t be.

“We need to go out with the same mentality and produce the same work-rate as we did against Irchester and Burton and get more points on the board.

“We have been through the mill a little bit but we have come out the other side.

“We won’t be counting our chickens on Saturday, but it’s another massive chance for us to get points on the board.”

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