Bourne Town travel to Raunds for United Counties League Division One clash
Bourne Town will be aiming to kick-start the second half of their United Counties League campaign by landing their first double of the season on Saturday.
The Wakes travel to Raunds Town looking to repeat the three-point haul when the two sides met in a Division One clash at the JJ Mac Stadium in October.
Bourne ran out 4-3 winners with Seb Hood hitting an injury-time winner and manager Simon Daws is looking for more of the same from his side.
They were also 4-3 victors in their last outing against Rushden & Higham at the JJ Mac Stadium on Saturday with striker Jake Mason marking his return to the Bourne starting line-up with a two-goal haul which was matched by Tom Russell’s brace.
The victory extended Bourne’s advantage over second-from-bottom Sileby Rangers to five points and means a number of sides just above the Wakes – including Saturday’s hosts Raunds – are now within touching distance.
Daws said: “We have beaten Raunds once and we know what they are about.
“Confidence is a big thing with us. There will be more confidence if we can put a couple of wins together. We will look a better side.
“We are still having to wind the players up before every game at the moment instead of it being automatic.
“There will be another 10 per cent on our game if we can get a few more wins because that breeds confidence.”
Saturday’s success over the Cudge Lankies saw Bourne overturn an early deficit before fending off a late fightback.
Lewis O’Dell had given the visitors a 15th minute, but two goals in three first half minutes from Mason and Russell gave Bourne the lead at the break.
Jory Mann’s penalty levelled the match two minutes into the second period, but Russell restored Bourne’s lead on the hour mark.
Mason made it 4-2 with 20 minutes remaining to cap an excellent display before Mann converted Higham’s second penalty late on.
Daws added: “I was pleased with the result. We needed the win.
“We had done well in the second half of the last game against Aylestone and we took that into Saturday’s match.
“We did really well. We had Jake Mason back which made a big difference to us. It gave us a real presence.
“We’ve been getting bodies in the box, but there hasn’t been anybody attacking the ball. Jake scored two and would have had a couple more but for some good saves from their goalkeeper.
“There was a bit of pressure on us late on when they scored their third goal, but we came through it and are now starting to open up a bit of a gap on the bottom two.
“Hopefully we can now go to Raunds on Saturday and pick up another three points.”
Saturday’s trip to Kiln Park is followed by a rearranged derby duel at home to near neighbours Blackstones on Tuesday night.
The two rivals had been due to meet on Boxing Day, but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and will be staged on Tuesday at the JJ Mac Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).
Daws added: “We know Blackstones will be a tough game because they are going well, but we’ve got to concentrate on Saturday first and try and get another win.”
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