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In-form Bugbrooke will provide tough test for Bourne

Bourne Town will be aiming to bounce back from their first defeat in seven league games when they welcome in-form Bugbrooke to the Abbey Lawn on Saturday.

The Wakes suffered a 5-1 away reversal on Saturday in their United Counties League Division One trip to Holwell Sports.

However, they were missing a host of regular players and were forced to play the second half of the match with midfielder Andrew Moss in goal following an injury to Alex Brown.

Bourne are expected to be back close to full-strength for Saturday's home clash with Bugbrooke who visit the Abbey Lawn on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run which has seen them move above the Wakes into ninth spot.

Boss Rob Middleton was also speaking to Premier Division side Pinchbeck United about the loan trio of Kofi Ross, Ash Murrell and Luke Gardner who featured for the Wakes last Saturday.

Pinchbeck loanee Luke Gardner. (5989593)
Pinchbeck loanee Luke Gardner. (5989593)

Middleton said: "The availability is looking good again. We'll be monitoring the players who have been injured, but those who were missing last weekend for other reasons should all be back.

"I'll also be speaking to Pinchbeck about retaining the loan players because I was quite pleased with them. They were good players which strengthens us.

"The final scoreline last Saturday didn't concern me. It was just a one-off with so many things going against us.

"But we'll be in for a tough game this weekend because Bugbrooke had a bit of a shaky start to the season, just like ourselves, but they've come good recently and we know it won't be an easy game.

"They had a good result to draw with Aylestone last weekend, but you just never know at this level.

"They could turn up with three or four key players missing or they could have a full squad which would mean we have a job on our hands.

"Hopefully we can get a good crowd again to come out and support us.

"We appreciate all the support we get and we want them to be our 12th man."

Bourne fell behind after just three minutes of last Saturday's contest when Ross McGarry put hosts Holwell ahead.

The Wakes then went on to enjoy a decent spell in the first half, but were forced to replace Brown due to a thigh injury at the break.

Replacement Moss was beaten just five minutes into the second half by Liam Ambrose with Tom Harris hitting a third for Holwell after 72 minutes.

Warren McSkelly reduced the deficit two minutes later, but goals from David Hazeltine and Michael Stevenson in the final 12 minutes secured an emphatic win for Holwell.

Middleton commented: "We were 1-0 down at half-time, but we'd had a 25-minute spell when we were the better side going up a slight hill.

"Alex came off injured at half-time and, as well as having an outfield player in goal, we came out to play into a gale-force wind and it was absolutely thrashing it down with rain.

"The weather just came from nowhere. Holwell really peppered us and, knowing we had an outfield player in goal, they were shooting from distance with the wind behind them."

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