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Bourne Town host Aylestone Park in United Counties League Division One match

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Assistant boss Matt Robinson is hoping Bourne Town can regain their momentum ahead of a tough run of fixtures for the Wakes.

Bourne are back in action at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday when they host high-flying Aylestone Park in a United Counties League Division One match.

The Wakes have had a difficult past month after a run of just one defeat in seven games before Christmas.

Haydn Havard, right, has joined Bourne from Pinchbeck. (54259322)
Haydn Havard, right, has joined Bourne from Pinchbeck. (54259322)

They were hit by a Covid-19 outbreak in their ranks over the festive period which forced the postponement of matches against Blackstones and Harrowby United.

Their first match in three weeks last weekend was a tough trip to second-placed Radford who ran out 4-0 winners against the Wakes who are now looking to bounce back on Saturday.

Robinson said: "We have had a disrupted few weeks with all the Covid cases which has meant we have missed games and weren't able to train.

"We also have a couple of injuries on top of that which hasn't helped and our availability for last weekend was pretty hit and miss.

"I think that when we're at full strength then we can compete with anyone this league but, the minute you start getting a few players out like we have done, then it obviously weakens our side.

"Radford were the better team on Saturday and thoroughly deserved their win.

"We were 2-0 down at half-time and I said to the lads that, if we could get the next goal and make it competitive, then we will be in with a chance, but they controlled the second half and shut us out.

"Availability did cost us but Radford are a very good side and you can see why they're near the top of the table.

"The availability is looking better for this weekend though against an Aylestone side who were very good when we went to their place.

Corey Newman has signed for West Bridgford. Photo: Alan Walters
Corey Newman has signed for West Bridgford. Photo: Alan Walters

"I do think we have closed that gap on the teams who up there now with some of our recent form and signings.

"Hopefully we can start to put together a really good run of form but we know that we have a tough run of games coming up.

"If we can nick some points against these top sides, then we know that hopefully from there we can build a bit of momentum to keep improving.

"We have had brilliant support from the fans and committee this season and they definitely deserve to have a team which is doing well."

Saturday's match will see Allan Ross join boss Steve Wilson for the first time as a co-management team.

The Wakes are hoping to have striker Danny Miller and Aaron Warrener both back in their squad this weekend while also strengthening their ranks.

Haydn Havard has arrived from Premier Division North side Pinchbeck United while ex-Knight Tony Edwards has also joined the Wakes.

Former Blackstones midfielder Martyn Fox has joined the Wakes.
Former Blackstones midfielder Martyn Fox has joined the Wakes.

Midfielder Martyn Fox is another new recruit from Thurlow Nunn League side Peterborough North End following the departure of Corey Newman who has joined West Bridgford.

Fox made his debut on Saturday against a Radford side who went close in the early exchanges with Ryan Smith seeing two efforts fly wide of the Bourne goal.

Former Blackstones midfielder Fox headed just over the home crossbar from a deep free-kick while Smith saw another shot blocked as he intercepted a loose back pass before Radford went ahead after 33 minutes.

Jevin Seaton saw his curling shot palmed away by Wakes goalkeeper John Swales but Kevin Hemagou was first to react to the rebound which he slotted home.

The hosts then doubled their advantage seven minutes later when Solace Uyi-Olaye fired a sweetly-struck volley into the bottom corner of the Bourne net.

Radford came close to adding a third before half-time with Smith and Uyi-Olaye both seeing efforts cleared off the line following corners.

Swales saved well from Hemagou after the break while David Boafo had to be alert to clear off the line from Thomas Klinkovics and prevent Bourne from halving the deficit.

The match was put beyond the Wakes' reach just past the hour mark when Conor Moore's pass found Joe McLaughlin who netted from close range.

Bourne goalkeeper Swales was then involved in the penalty drama around Radford's fourth goal after 82 minutes.

The home side were awarded a spot kick when Uyi-Olaye was tripped in the box but Swales saved Joe Meakin's penalty.

However, in the ensuing scramble for the loose ball, Swales felled Uyi-Olaye and Radford were awarded another penalty.

This time it was converted with Uyi-Olaye scoring his second of the game and the Pheasants' fourth to send Bourne to their 14th league loss of the season.

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