Pre-season round-up: Bourne and Deeping win again, Oakham lose big

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It was not vintage football from the Wakes but it was a win and at this stage of the fledgling season who can ask more than that?

Bourne Town got their second win of the week last night (July 22) as new signings Jezz Goldson-Williams and Jones De Souza gave them a 2-1 win over Sleaford Town Reserves.

Goldson-Williams put the Wakes ahead early on and the new striker had the best of the opportunities through-out the night at Abbey Lawn.

However Bourne conceded a sloppy equaliser. Goalkeeper Reece Evans came out to claim an innoxious cross but fumbled the ball straight into the path of a Sleaford player. To his credit the visiting midfielder struck the ball with real venom to beat the desperately diving defenders on the line and see the net ripple.

Goldson-Williams, who has a habit of being off-side it seems, had a great chance to put Bourne ahead; some good interplay and a nice jinking run saw him get one-on-one with the keeper but he just pushed his effort wide of the goal.

Sleaford put some pressure on the Bourne goal but were mainly shut-down by a commanding performance by skipper Scott Spearink, who had an excellent game at centre back.

Spearink could be an important figure in Bourne’s revival from last season’s poor form. The man who came in with new manager Rafa Mazzarella from PNS Reserves can also play up front, where he scored dozens of goals last season, and if needed is a handy back-up goalkeeper.

Both sides struggled to find a quality final ball and the frustration seemed to be getting to the physical Sleaford Reserves side.

A defender who had ploughed into a couple of heavy tackles was invited to be substituted before he was sent off and in a league match the Sleaford keeper could well have seen red as well.

With Goldson-Williams at full tilt rounding the keeper he cynically brought him down, with the goal begging.

Mazzarella, with his background in youth football, is keen to bring through young talent and many of his new signings are just that. The concern would be that for all their skills they may struggle with the physicality of senior football.

They were knocked around a fair bit on Tuesday night but to their credit they kept chipping away at the opposition and never took a backward step.

Bourne certainly had the better of the chances in the second half and youngster Harley Williams, playing in midfield, had a great chance to score. He found space through the centre and raced toward goal, only a slightly heavy final touch let him down - sending the ball into the arms of the Sleaford keeper.

When it came the winning goal was a touch of class. Against all expectations De Souza, who is little taller than five foot, leapt with great spring to out-jump a six foot defender and head the ball with a lob over the keeper and win the game.

Deeping Rangers also won with Jack Bates getting the game’s only goal in the 84th minute to beat Godmanchester Rovers.

Oakham United continued their poor week with a 7-2 loss to Harrowby United.