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Fine margins for Bourne in bid to secure top half finish

Bourne boss Rob Middleton wants to see an extra spark from his side after setting his sights on a top 10 finish.

The 12th-placed Wakes travel to Huntingdon Town on Saturday looking to build on Saturday's superb 2-2 home draw with high-flying Anstey Nomads.

Bourne have performed well against the leading lights in Division One of the United Counties League in recent weeks.

Zak Munton has scored 24 goals for the Wakes this season. (6579897)
Zak Munton has scored 24 goals for the Wakes this season. (6579897)

And Middleton now wants his charges to up their game slightly when they face teams in the lower half of the division with Saturday's hosts Huntingdon currently fourth-from-bottom.

Middleton said: "We have changed our shape sometimes to combat the so-called bigger budget sides, but we've got to make it more difficult for sides as well who we're expected to get a result against.

"We need to be a little stronger in all departments in those games and need other players to start chipping in with goals as well.

"We can't rely on Zak Munton and Jake Mason all the time so we've got to look get goals from other areas and be producing in the final third.

"We can go to Huntingdon on Saturday and play our normal shape and game, but they're a much-improved side since Jimmy Brattan went back as manager and, just like Raunds, they're very different to the start of the season.

"We've done really well to beat Blackstones and take points off teams like Anstey Nomads, Lutterworth Athletic and Harrowby, but we haven't really showed that consistency against the sides around or below us in the table.

"We've got to be looking at taking three points from Saturday's game, but we know it won't be easy and the mentality has to be right.

"We do need to have that little bit more spark and extra quality when we're slight favourites to win games.

Tom Cardall picked up a groin strain in Saturday's draw with Anstey Nomads. (6579895)
Tom Cardall picked up a groin strain in Saturday's draw with Anstey Nomads. (6579895)

"I'm really happy with the side and the work-rate and tenacity that they show. The team spirit is fantastic and it's just down to fine margins now.

"We just need an extra 10 or 15 per cent in games because, if you look at the matches since Christmas, we've conceded two goals in every one so we need to cut that down.

"I'm happy with the back four or five, but it's another fine margin about taking that next step and getting ourselves into the top 10.

"You are always striving to achieve better and we have shown that we're capable of being among those top eight or nine sides.

"It's just fine margins by scoring that extra goal from midfield or stopping that extra goal going in."

Tom Cardall faces a late fitness test on Saturday after picking up a groin strain in the draw at the weekend while Craig Rook completes the final match of his two-game suspension.

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