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Bourne Town host Graham Street Prims in Division One of the United Counties League

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Bourne Town have a double-header of home matches as they target a return to winning ways in Division One of the United Counties League.

The Wakes entertain second-from-bottom Graham Street Prims on Saturday in a crunch clash at the JJ Mac Stadium.

Seventh-placed play-off hopefuls Dunkirk are then the visitors on Tuesday night as Bourne look to halt an eight-match league run without a win.

Dan Wilson’s sublime strike had given Bourne a 2-0 lead on Saturday before Hinckley hit back.
Dan Wilson’s sublime strike had given Bourne a 2-0 lead on Saturday before Hinckley hit back.

Steve Wilson’s side have drawn six of their last eight matches but are only nine points clear of the relegation zone with eight matches remaining.

The Wakes going into the brace of home fixtures having given league leaders Hinckley AFC a scare on Saturday.

Bourne raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 10 minutes of the match at Barwell’s Kirkby Road Sports Ground.

However, Hinckley had hit back by the break to run out 3-2 winners and extend their winning run to 13 games.

Bourne had taken just two minutes to break the deadlock when a corner was cleared to Taylor Gray on the edge of the area and he rifled home a fine finish into the top corner of the home net.

The Wakes then doubled their advantage after nine minutes when home goalkeeper Matt Hill’s clearance was collected by Dan Wilson who lofted in a shot from 25-yards that sailed over the back-pedalling custodian.

Bourne though could only hold onto their two-goal lead until the 25th minute when Ryan Slinn slotted home a fine finish.

Hinckley were then level within another minute when Tyson Knight powered home a header from Harry Sawyer’s cross.

The home side’s comeback was then completed 10 minutes before half-time when they took the lead as Ryan Harkin beat the offside trap before shooting past John Swales in the Bourne goal.

The second half was a more sedate affair as Hinckley struggled to break down a well-organised Wakes rearguard.

Joe Cairns rattled the upright for the hosts while Swales made a brilliant save to keep out Lewis Rankin’s free-kick.

Although Hinckley were unable to add to their tally, Bourne rarely threatened at the other end and hopes of an unlikely win evaporated late on when Herbie Panting was sin-binned as the Wakes finished the game with 10 men.

Wakes: Swales, Gordan, Wilson, Gray, Palmer, Panting, Van Der Drift, Gore (Stevens 62), Miller (Bills 76), Brooks, Klinkovics.

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