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Bourne Town host Sileby Rangers in crucial United Counties League Division One clash

Wakes manager Simon Daws is calling for more of the same from his players as they face another massive match this weekend.

Bourne broke their six-match losing streak in Division One of the United Counties League with a 4-2 away victory at Huntingdon Town on Saturday.

The success moved the third-from-bottom Wakes within two points of Huntington while extending their advantage by the same margin over Sileby Rangers who are the visitors to the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (23433489)
Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (23433489)

Sileby appointed a new joint management team of James Wayman and Fazel Koriya ahead of their 4-4 draw with Whittlesey last weekend and have already signed 14 new players as they attempt to move away from the foot of the table.

But Bourne boss Daws believes his side are also moving in the right direction after backing up a solid showing against high-flying Melton Town in Saturday’s win at Huntingdon.

He said: “It was a pleasing performance and we really needed the win. It makes things interesting for this weekend.

“We had a good shape about us and it was a good performance which we have been working towards. We need to try and do the same on Saturday.

“Sileby have obviously changed manager and brought a load of new personnel in, but we’ve got a bit more stubbornness about us.

“I can’t fault the players at the moment.

“We’re not letting our heads drop and seem to have found a system that suits us and the personnel so we’ve now got to build on it.

“We can go above Huntingdon if we win on Saturday but could drop below Sileby if we lose so it’s a crucial game for us.

“It’s the biggest game of the season for us so far and I’ll be pinning up the league table on the board in the changing room before the game just so the players are aware.”

Craig Rook made a welcome return for the Wakes in Saturday’s win.
Craig Rook made a welcome return for the Wakes in Saturday’s win.

Daws is also hoping for another strong turn-out of home support to help boost the Wakes in their bid to rise up the table.

He continued: “Hopefully we can get a good crowd and they can get behind us. We will need them to help us get the three points.

“We want to play well which will encourage people to keep coming back. There’s a great atmosphere in the stands and we’ve got a lovely playing surface.

“It’s a proper football club and we just need to get three points to help move us out of the mire.”

Craig Rook made a welcome return from injury in Saturday’s success, but they will be without recent recruit Dan Wilson for this weekend’s match while Jack Bottreill is suspended after picking up a second yellow card late on at Huntingdon.

Daws felt the second caution wasn’t warranted as it took a slight shine of a fine all-round display from the Wakes.

Josh Randall had given Bourne the lead before a Julian Joachim brace put them in control of the contest.

Huntingdon reduced the arrears but Rares Dementer added a fourth with 12 minutes remaining before the hosts scored again late on.

Daws added: “We played well and Julian has hit a bit of form – his second goal was exceptional.

“It was a solid performance all-round. Craig Rook got through 65 minutes which was good while we’ve moved Lewis Russell to right-back for the last couple of games and he’s been great.

“The lads are taking on board what we’re telling them at training and listening to what we want them to do.

“I do feel though that whoever scores first in this league has the best chance of winning the game.

“It gives us something to hang onto and, for a change, we got the first goal on Saturday.

“We got the second goal just before half-time which forced them to change their game-plan. They came at us in the second half which left gaps at the back that we were able to exploit.”

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