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Just one defeat in six league games for Bourne

Wakes boss Rob Middleton believes his side have forged their own identity after an upturn in fortunes for the Abbey Lawn club.

Bourne have lost just once in their last six United Counties League games - away at table-topping Anstey Nomads - to move into the top 10 of the Division One standings.

They have bagged 11 points in that six-match streak after an excellent 2-2 away draw at Harrowby United on Saturday.

And Middleton wants his side to maintain that same attitude and consistency when they visit 16th-placed Thrapston Town on Saturday.

Bourne boss Rob Middleton. (5300843)
Bourne boss Rob Middleton. (5300843)

He said: "We've got an identity now about the way we want to play. We look like a team that is hard to beat and I'm confident that we will always score goals.

"We are approaching the games in the same way, but we have had a consistent squad for the last two or three weeks which has allowed us to keep the same shape to the side.

"We look comfortable with the way we are playing. We will always score goals, but we're now prepared to dig in and do the other stuff. We need to enjoy defending as well.

"It's looking really healthy, but we're not getting carried away because football can turn on a sixpence and we're only a couple of bad results away from looking over our shoulders again.

"We've got to keep that edge about us, take each game as it comes and see where we are at around Christmas time.

"We've got to keep ticking over and picking up points when we can. We need to keep the boys grounded.

"We are a lot more competitive against the stronger sides than a couple of months ago and, if we could break into the top seven or eight, then that would be fantastic.

"We have tightened things up from four or five weeks ago. We are hard to beat and becoming more competitive week in, week out.

"We've got a settled squad now so hopefully the weeks of having a lot of unavailabiitles are behind us.

"We have come together as a squad and, although I know it will be a problem to keep everyone happy, we are pretty settled at the moment."

An injury-time goal denied the Wakes all three points at Harrowby on Saturday, but they took plenty of heart from the performance against a much-fancied Arrows team.

Top scorer Zak Munton had given Bourne a 17th minute lead, but former Stamford player Danny Brooks brought Harrowby level shortly after.

Jack Bottreill put Bourne back in front again with 17 minutes of the United Counties League Division One clash remaining.

However, with virtually the last kick of the game, Harrowby substitute Luke Slater struck a late leveller for the hosts.

Middleton commented: "Harrowby were coming into the game after a great win at Lutterworth Town so we'd probably have taken a point before the game.

"I was really pleased with the performance and we were unlucky not to get the three points.

"Saturday was probably a bonus point for us at Harrowby so we can't throw it away by losing this weekend.

"We're probably favourites on current form, but Thrapston have been competitive in every game they've played this season.

"They will be looking to kick-start their season so we can't be complacent. We've got to put the hard work in again."

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