Wakes face tough Eynesbury test this evening

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The Wakes tough start to the season continues with a trip to fifth-placed Eynesbury Rovers this evening.

Bourne were not blessed with a kind set of fixtures in the early stages of the season and the Eynesbury match is the latest in a string matches against the top sides.

Bourne have already played the top two - Northampton Sileby Rangers and Oadby Town - home and away, and it was Sileby who handed the Wakes their seventh defeat of the season at the weekend.

The Wakes were unable to capitalise on their giant-killing at Blackstones in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy a few days earlier, losing 3-1 at home to Rangers, who went to the summit of the United Counties League First Division as a results.

Michael Keall gave Sileby a fifth minute lead but Bourne grew into the game, levelling before half-time when Johnny Curral found the top corner from the edge of the box.

But slack marking cost Bourne in the second half when Rob Foster was given time and space to turn and score on the hour.

Bourne were then caught on the break by Kevin Slinn as they went chasing a second equaliser.

Bourne chairman Bob Lambert said: “They were a strong team. They were well organised and used their strengths well.

“Overall after the euphoria of beating Blackstones in the cup it was a bit flat - but then again, the lads gave everything.”

He added: “We have played nearly all the top teams and I think if we play as we have against the lower teams we will pick up more points.

“All credit to the lads. They did not give up for a minute and really played for the club.”

Manager Darren Munton was unable to attend the game but is expected to be back in the dugout this evening.

After tonight’s game at Eynesbury, Bourne travel to Northampton ON Chenecks on Saturday.

Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Kev Elgar (James Allen), Tom Cardall, Craig Rook, Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Mike Feely (Glen Spearink), Ben Easson, Tom Caldicott (Seb Hood), Fernand Bass, Johnny Currall. Sub: George Holliday.

Bourne’s Reserves lost a high-scoring clash away against Eynesbury Reserves on Saturday, losing 6-4. Daniel Pick, Luke Enderwick and Scott Spearink with a brace were on target for the Wakes.

This weekend they host Chenecks Reserves at the Abbey Lawn. Kick off is at 3pm.