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Goalkeeper Brown rejoins in-form Wakes

Bourne boss Rob Middleton is facing a massive selection dilemma as the Wakes look to extend their unbeaten run on Saturday.

They make the trip to face Holwell Sports this weekend having lost just once in their last seven United Counties League Division One games.

Bourne beat Saturday's hosts 2-1 a fortnight ago at the Abbey Lawn, but make the trip to Leicestershire this weekend without seven first-team regulars.

Top scorer Zak Munton and fellow frontman Jake Mason are both unavailable along with defender Kev Elgar and midfielder Craig Rook while injuries look set to rule out Reece Driscoll plus defensive duo Max Cooper and Dan Smith.

That means Middleton will again look to the club's promising reserve team youngsters following an impressive performance by teenage defender Ben Moss in last Saturday's 1-1 away draw at third-placed Lutterworth Athletic.

Alex Brown is back with Bourne Town. (5851181)
Alex Brown is back with Bourne Town. (5851181)

Middleton commented: "It's going to be a struggle this Saturday with so many injuries and unavailabilities.

"It could all come crashing down a little bit because we are without so many key players all at once.

"But it's similar circumstances to when we went to Irchester though which was the start of the recovery.

"Most of the clubs at this level are susceptible to this sort of thing happening and the positive is that we can go there without any pressure on us.

"We have created ourselves a bit of breathing space on the teams below us so we can go there, set up and try our best to get something.

"Ben played very well on Saturday and will be with us again this weekend. He's one I've had my eye on for the future so we don't want to put too much on his plate early on because he's still young and still developing.

"But he did really well against a good Lutterworth side and has earned his place on merit."

A 71st minute equaliser from Warren McSkelly earned the Wakes a point at Lutterworth last weekend after Barnes Gladman had given Athletic a ninth minute advantage.

Middleton said: "I was pleased with the point. They are third in the league and have been scoring lots of goals so they're not up there by mistake.

"We rode our luck early on, but we dug deep and hung in. I asked the players to be braver at half-time and get higher up the pitch.

"We did that and were probably the better team for 40 minutes. It was pleasing to see us compete again with a team right up there."

Goalkeeper Alex Brown was back in the Bourne ranks at the weekend after rejoining the Wakes from Premier Division side Desborough Town.

Brown had been the number one at the Abbey Lawn for the past three seasons before departing for a higher level in the summer.

Middleton explained: "Alex contacted us about coming back and, with Ant Murphy away for a couple of weeks, it suited everybody.

"He had a good, solid game on Saturday and will get the shirt again this weekend. It creates a bit of competition for the goalkeepers which is good."

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