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Bourne Town host Kirby Muxloe in Division One of the United Counties League

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Bourne Town boss Steve Wilson wants his side to continue rising to the challenge.

The Wakes have been beaten just once in their last seven games in the United Counties League Division One ahead of Saturday's home match with Kirby Muxloe at the JJ Mac Stadium.

They go into the match on the back of an excellent 1-0 home victory over Birstall United at the weekend while looking to avenge a 4-0 away defeat against Kirby in October.

Danny Miller won two penalties for Bourne on Saturday. (53766560)
Danny Miller won two penalties for Bourne on Saturday. (53766560)

Boss Wilson had set a challenge for his side ahead of their weekend win and will be doing the same again this Saturday.

He explained: "We had a chat before Saturday's game and set the lads a bit of a challenge.

"We didn't start the season very well due to availability and injuries but we have picked it up by beating the sides in and around us recently.

"We had never gone and beaten one of the top sides yet so the challenge was to go out and compete with them.

"Birstall are a good side who are up there and beat us comfortably earlier in the season but the lads took the challenge.

"They were well up for it and I couldn't have been happier with them.

"Kirby are also another side who beat us comfortably earlier in the season so it's another challenge for us.

"We want to show how much we have improved and see if we can compete with them now.

"It's good that we are now in a position where we can ask questions of the squad and so far they are coming up with the answers which we're really pleased about."

Bourne's success on Saturday came despite having two penalties saved in the first half of the match.

Danny Miller was twice brought down only for Birstall goalkeeper Charlie Doherty to save both spot kicks from Harry Brooks and Jamie Gaukroger.

Thomas Klinkovics had earlier hit the crossbar from close range before Brooks settled the contest after the break with a fine finish into the bottom corner of the Birstall net which capped a fine all-round performance by the Wakes.

Kyle Onyon has left the Wakes to join Pinchbeck. (53766562)
Kyle Onyon has left the Wakes to join Pinchbeck. (53766562)

Wilson added: "It was the best we have been for 90 minutes this season without a doubt.

"We have had good 30, 45 and 60 minutes in matches but never a full 90.

"We were really good for the whole game and they never got into it, but we did come in at half-time thinking we should have been 3-0 up and you did wonder if that was going to come back and bite us.

"That's always in the back of your mind but we came out for the second half and, if anything, we were even better.

"The back four were superb, both individually and as a unit, but in fairness the whole side was good while Danny Miller has been a big plus for us and Birstall couldn't cope with his pace and aggression.

"He's a great outlet for us and opposition defenders know that he's always there and they can't dwell on the ball."

Striker Kyle Onyon has left the Wakes to join Premier Division North side Pinchbeck United but Bourne have strengthened their attacking options by signing Hans Stevens.

Teenager Stevens - who is part of the Boston United Academy - has been playing for Sleaford Rangers this season in the Lincolnshire League.

Wilson commented: "Hans is only 16 but he looks a great prospect.

"He's a good lad and looks up for it and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to men's football."

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