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Bourne bag Premier Division trio for new campaign

Craig Rook. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3297946)
Craig Rook. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3297946)

Joint Bourne Town boss Leigh Porter feels he's getting the right blend together for his squad after making five new signings this week.

The Wakes have swooped to bring three players - Craig Rook, Dan Smith and Warren McSkelly - from United Counties League Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star.

Kuda Burutsa has signed for the Wakes following his release from Lincoln City with Scott Waumsley - who spent last season with Oakham United - completing the quintet.

And, despite seeing the departure of several established players from last season, Porter is happy with how the Wakes are shaping up for the forthcoming Division One campaign.

He said: "I want the right people to be at the club for the right reasons and I think we've got the right blend so far.

"I don't want to field a team of youngsters that lack experience and I also don't want a team of experienced players who lack any youthful exuberance.

"Three of the new signings were all established first team players at Peterborough Northern Star last season so they will bring the experience of playing at the level above both on and off the pitch.

"Kuda was with me at Deeping Rangers Under 16s before he went to Lincoln City, but he got in touch to say he had been released.

"He can play on either wing and has a real box of tricks. He's looked very impressive in pre-season.

"I had Scott at Deeping Rangers Under 18s last season after he had been at Cambridge United and he has shown a great attitude in pre-season. I've been really impressed with him."

The new signings were set to make their Bourne bow in a pre-season friendly tonight (Friday) when the Wakes entertained a Spalding United XI.

They went into the match having beaten Peterborough League Premier Division side Ketton 5-0 at the weekend.

Porter added: "It was a really positive run-out. It was our first full pre-season friendly and we showed a good work-rate and had a lot of possession. It was very pleasing."

The Wakes had last season's reserve team custodian Reece Evans in goal on Saturday as he looks to establish himself as number one following Alex Brown's move to Premier Division side Desborough Town.

Brown's departure follows that of Adam Rothery and Gavin Cooke to March Town, Robbie Pearce's move to Oakham, Dan Schiavi's switch back to Deeping for the early part of the season plus striker Jezz Goldson-Williams making the move to league rivals Blackstones.

Goalkeeper Reece Evans. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3297948)
Goalkeeper Reece Evans. Photo: Lee Hellwing (3297948)

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