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Wakes have come a long way in a short of space of time despite Deeping defeat

Bourne boss Rob Middleton was ‘over the moon’ with his side’s performance as they bowed out of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy after narrow 1-0 home defeat to higher level Deeping Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Wakes were sunk by a solitary second half strike by their Premier Division visitors after a battling Bourne display.

And Middleton felt the performance highlighted the progress of his side who had been beaten 7-0 at home by Pinchbeck United in their last encounter with top flight opposition two months ago.

Bourne keep Deeping at bay on Wednesday night. (5437438)
Bourne keep Deeping at bay on Wednesday night. (5437438)

Middleton said: “I was over the moon with the performance.

"We had two key players missing in Zak Munton and Craig Rook and, maybe if they had played, we would have got something out of the game.

"We've come a long way in a short space of time from where we were against Pinchbeck to where we are now.

"I didn't think we got many decisions on the night. There were a lot of arms and shoves in the back that went unpunished and they all build up over a period of time when you're not getting your little free-kicks that you feel you should be.

"But I thought my lads were tremendous. All the performances have been good recently. I was confident we were going to put up a good show against Deeping.

"The spirit is good at the minute. The system is working well and everybody is understanding their roles.

"If we had played Deeping a few weeks ago then we'd probably have gone five at the back, but we're sticking at what we know now regardless of who we are playing against.”

Bourne are back in United Counties League Division One action on Saturday when they host seventh-placed Sileby Rangers at the Abbey Lawn.

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