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Bourne back on home soil after three successive away games




Bourne boss Rob Middleton is determined for his side to defy an ever-increasing list of injuries and suspensions.

The Wakes are back in action at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday after three successive away matches in Division One of the United Counties League.

They host Rushden & Higham looking for a return to winning ways after back-to-back draws from away trips to Long Buckby and Birstall.

However, they will be without suspended strikers Jake Mason and Daniel Dogaru on Saturday as well as injured trio Craig Rook, Tom Russell and Lewis Russell plus the unavailable Kev Elger.

Jake Mason is suspended. (8134461)
Jake Mason is suspended. (8134461)

Midfielder Jack Bottreill was due to be assessed at training on Thursday night after missing the last two games through injury.

Middleton commented: "The injuries and suspensions are making it difficult, but we're still hanging on in there and picking up points.

"We've got two or our strikers suspended so we put Lewis Russell up front on Saturday. He did well up there, held the ball up and played well with his back to goal, but then he took a bad knock and he's likely to miss the next couple of weeks.

"It's not easy at the moment but, if you look over the squad as a whole, we look very strong when everyone is fit and available which bodes well for next season.

"We've also got a lot of youngsters coming through who are picking up first team experience.

"It was always my plan to get them in later in the season, but perhaps they're featuring more now than anyone expected.

"They've got a lot of determination about them which is good and we've played some decent stuff in the last couple of games."

Jack Bottreill faces a late fitness test. (8134463)
Jack Bottreill faces a late fitness test. (8134463)

Saturday's clash will see the 12th-placed Wakes host the side directly above them in the league table.

The Cudge Lankies have lost their last three league games while the Wakes have drawn five of their previous nine for a total of 12 stalemates this season.

Middleton added: "There's nobody really close in the table to drawing as many games as we have.

"The positives are that we've picked up a point against the likes of Anstey Nomads and Harrowby, but we've also dropped two points in games we should be winning.

"We haven't been scoring enough goals and that's also down to the midfield to start chipping in as well.

"If we had turned four of those draws into wins then we would have been in the top half of the table in a competitive division but, if we had lost four of those games, we would have been looking over our shoulders."



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