Former Bourne Town striker Zak Munton returns to the JJ Mac Stadium to spearhead Melton Town's charge for United Counties League Division One honours
Bourne boss Simon Daws feels his side are giving opponents too much respect.
The Wakes are currently on a seven-match losing streak ahead of Saturday’s home clash with United Counties League Division One big guns Melton Town at the JJ Mac Stadium (3pm kick-off).
They went down to a 4-2 away defeat at Peterborough League Premier Division title challengers Netherton United on Tuesday night in their Hinchingbrooke Cup clash.
And Daws felt the performance highlighted a number of the problems which have blighted his reign at the club.
They spurned a number of chances after overturning a two-goal deficit while being punished for their errors at the other end.
Daws said: “What happened on Tuesday night gave me some ammunition so start throwing stuff at the players. It wasn’t good enough and maybe some of the players have had their chance.
“Some are not pulling their weight and things are going to change. We have been giving some people the shirt every week and they are not doing the job.
“We are giving teams too much respect and need to start stamping our authority on games. We need to start trying to play rather than sitting back and expecting to get beat.”
Goals from Thomas Randall and Robbie Ellis gave Netherton control of the cup contest before a fine finish from Rares Dementer halved the deficit as he took on three players before shooting home.
Nicky Frost then scored his first goal in Bourne colours to get the Wakes back on level terms after ormer the break.
But they then failed to turn their dominance into goals before Randall’s second strike and Ellis completing his brace from the penalty spot sent Netherton through.
Daws added: “We should have got something out of the game. It was always going to be difficult because they were licking their lips about playing us on their 3G pitch.
“They had a real go at us from the start, went 2-0 up, and although we got one back before half-time we had to politely sort things out at half-time.
“We got the equaliser and started to get on top. We created chance after chance but didn’t take them.
“They broke away to make it 3-2 and, although we kept on top, we couldn’t put the ball into the net and they got a penalty from another break.
“We played some good football, but just didn’t finish our chances.”
The performance of youngster Ollie Troth as a second half substitute was a positive for Daws who welcomes back skipper Dan Smith and Andrew Moss for Saturday’s clash with Melton.
He continued: “We gave Ollie the last 20 minutes and he was very pleasing on the eye.
“It was great to get him in because I’m keen to give the reserve lads opportunities but the time has to be right.”
Saturday’s visit of Melton will see prolific marksman Zak Munton return to Bourne where hisdad Darren is joint chairman and he scored 31 goals last season.
Daws quipped: “It will be an interesting game – it’s the haves against the have nots.
“Darren will obviously want his lad to do well like you would expect, but I’m sure he’ll be a bit torn. He’d probably be content if we could get a draw with Zak scoring for them.”
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