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Striker Jake Mason has re-signed for United Counties League Division One side Bourne Town

Striker Jake Mason has returned to Bourne Town to boost the Wakes' attacking options.

The powerful forward has had several spells with the United Counties League Division One side and netted a double figure goal haul in the Abbey Lawn club's last full season.

He has been playing for Deeping Rangers Reserves this season in Division One of the Peterborough League where he has scored three goals in four games.

Jake Mason (51076465)
Jake Mason (51076465)

Mason is not available for the Wakes' FA Vase tie with Belper United on Saturday but manager Steve Wilson was pleased to secure his services.

The Wakes boss feels his side are still a few weeks away from being able to fulfil their potential as his new-look squad have been ravaged by injuries and unavailabilities in the early weeks of the campaign.

He said: "We're still struggling at the moment with availabilities and I've never known anything like it.

"It's just been typified by re-signing Jake and then he can't play this weekend because he's at a family wedding.

"We've still got players on holiday and injured so it's very trying at the moment.

"We're nowhere near where we want to be yet but signing Jake will help give us a presence because he's a handful for defences.

"We've also got Nathan Bills to come back from injury as well and he's impressed us this season.

"I think we're looking at about another three weeks when we should get some players back and then start seeing a settled side where we can hopefully start moving onwards and upwards."

The Wakes will face a tough test this weekend in their first qualifying round clash at the JJ Mac Stadium as they host a Belper side who are currently setting the pace at the top of the Division One table.

Bourne boss Steve Wilson. (51076555)
Bourne boss Steve Wilson. (51076555)

The Derbyshire club have taken 19 points from their opening eight matches since joining the United Counties League this season while Bourne are still seeking their first Division One win of the season after a 3-0 reversal at Hucknall on Saturday.

Wilson added: "We're playing Belper now and, then when we face them again later in the season, we will be able to see how far we have come.

"Hucknall were a very good side on Saturday but we wasn't that far away from them. We threatened them and had a couple of chances early on that we didn't take.

"They scored before half-time and then within two minutes of the restart which has been becoming a habit for us and it's something we need to address because you can't keep carrying on like that."

Bourne’s scheduled home league match on Tuesday night against West Bridgford was postponed following the tragic passing of one of the Nottinghamshire club’s youth players this week.

Dylan Rich collapsed in the fifth minute of West Bridgford Colts’ FA Youth Cup preliminary round tie with Boston United last Thursday and passed away on Sunday.

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