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Bourne Town travel to Rushden & Higham for United Counties League Division One clash

Bourne Town have the chance to close the gap on one of sides around them in the United Counties League table when they travel to Rushden & Higham on Saturday.

The third-from-bottom Wakes are just four points adrift of Saturday’s 16th-placed hosts in the Division One standings.

And manager Simon Daws – whose side’s home game with Aylestone Park last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the JJ Mac Stadium – is targeting a positive return for his charges after back-to-back defeats.

Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (20572281)
Simon Daws and assistant Tom Crozier. (20572281)

He said: “We want to take something out of the game.

“I watched Rushden play a month ago at Harrowby and they try to play good football so it should be an interesting game.

“Obviously it would be nice to win the game, but we would still be happy with a point.

“We need to put the last couple of results and the decisions that have upset us behind us and get something from the game.”

Daws is hopeful of having a full-strength squad available for Saturday’s trip to Northamptonshire and has also been impressed by the emerging talent coming through the ranks at the club since his appointment at the end of September.

He added: “All of the lads are keen to play and I’m keen to have a look at the young lads who are playing for the reserves as well.

“There is some good young players coming through and, although they currently lack that little bit of experience, they have got a bright future ahead of them.

“I want to get them involved either three-quarters of the way through or towards the end of the season with a view to building for next year.

“It’s the way forward for Bourne and we need to be promoting from within which is key. We need to get them wired in to playing for the club and make that their future rather than going elsewhere.

“It’s going to take time. I’m still getting to know my first team squad, but I’m keen to help the Under 18s with their training as well to keep those coming through.

“I’ve always done that. If they’re good enough, it doesn’t matter how old they are.

“We’re building up a good relationship with the reserves already because there’s some cracking players in their squad.”

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